Some WNC wildfire evacuees allowed back in homes Saturday

Wildfire burns in Western North Carolina
Wildfire burns in Western North Carolina

Buncombe and Henderson County officials and fire managers have determined that re-entry by evacuated residents can occur this weekend.

• Re-entry for evacuated communities in Henderson County, Bat Cave and along Highway 9, will occur Saturday (November 19th) at noon. Windshield passes are required to enter these areas. Only affected residents and businesses can obtain a re-entry permit. Permits can be obtained directly from the Bat Cave Fire Department. The evacuation area affected by this notice will remain closed to visitors and through-traffic on Highway 74-A/64 until further notice.

• All evacuated Buncombe County residents will be allowed back into their homes effective noon on Saturday. No re-entry permit will be required.

• The evacuation center has relocated from the Grace Lutheran Church to the 7th Day Adventist Church at 2301 Asheville Highway, Henderson, N.C. 28739.

If re-entry questions arise, contact the Party Rock Fire Information Center at 828-513-2500 or 336-455-9641; or by email at partyrockfireinfo@gmail.com.

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