(Lake Lure, N.C) Containment on the 6,712-acre Party Rock Fire grew to 32 percent on Thursday.
There are 920 firefighters assigned to this fire who are working to protect homes and to monitor completed containment lines.
Several helicopters and a large air tanker supported firefighters as containment was completed overnight down to Rumbling Bald Resort communities.
A significant wind event is forecast for this weekend.
Conditions on the ground remain dry – there has been no rain in the area for 46 days.
Fire managers will have a large contingency of firefighting equipment including structure protection to patrol containment lines and the communities.
Residents and business owners will be allowed back into Chimney Rock Village beginning at noon on Saturday, November 19.
Permits are required to re-enter Chimney Rock Village and are being issued only to residents and business owners.
A stretch of Highway 74-A leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south remains closed.
Highway 9 remains closed from the intersection at Highway 74-A in Bat Cave north to Shumont Road.