Lake Lure Fire scorches 4,500 acres; triggers new evacuations

Lake Lure Fire
Credit: Town of Lake Lure

LAKE LURE, NC (WSPA) – The Lake Lure wildfire has now spread to nearly 4500 acres, nearly one week after flames sparked near the Party Rock area in Rutherford County, officials said.

North Carolina Forest Service officials released the updated damage assessment just before 5:00 p.m., November 15. About 30 minutes later, Henderson County began evacuating residences near Highway 74-A and Shumont Road.

7 News tagged along with firefighters taking part in the Structure Protection Program, working to clear away brush and debris from homes and businesses in the path of the fire.

“This is definitely the largest thing we’ve ever seen,” said Lowell Griffin, a firefighter with Edneyville Fire Department in North Carolina. “It’s the largest thing I’ve ever been a part of in Western North Carolina.”

No structures have burned down since the outbreak of the wildfire last week. Officials say the rough terrain and weather conditions could fuel the fire well into March.

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