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Officials: Mandatory evacuations in place after Party Rock fire rages on

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LAKE LURE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the town of Lake Lure have issued mandatory evacuation orders for two communities as the Party Rock fire looms closer.

According to the town of Lake Lure website, the evacuation was prompted by a major fire crossing the Shumont containment line Friday morning.

During a Friday press conference, officials said they estimated nearly 2,000 acres were burning in the area,  doubling in size overnight.

The website stated that evacuation levels vary as follows: 

  • There is a mandatory evacuation of Chimney Rock Village from the intersection of Boys Camp Road and Highway 74 to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.
  • There is a mandatory evacuation for those residents and business owners located on Boys Camp Road, from the Highway 74 intersection to the Burnt Ridge Road intersection.
  • There is a voluntary evacuation for residents and business owners located on South Side Drive from the Flowering Bridge west to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.
  • There is a pre-evacuation notice for residents from Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74 to the county line.
  • Residents located from Burnt Ridge Road intersection and Boys Camp Road, to the end of Boys Camp Road will be allowed to remain in their homes, but must provide identification to gain home re-entry. 

The Mayors of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure issued a joint statement concerning the evacuation order:

We know this evacuation is a great inconvenience to our communities, but the importance to protect life is our highest priority.

Officials shared during the Friday press conference that evacuation orders would be in effect for three to 7 days so that firefighters could properly handle the large blaze.

Evacuees with special needs or disability are asked to call 911. Evacuee shelter information is as follows:

Bills Creek Baptist Church                                        Greenhill Baptist Church

1475 Bills Creek Rd                                                   1941 US 64-74A Hwy

Lake Lure, NC 28746                                                 Rutherfordton, NC 28139

828-625-4956                                                             828-287-2170

Officials released the following safety tips for a possible evacuation:

  • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
  • If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. Keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case of an unexpected need to evacuate. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
  • Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area. Choose several destinations in different directions so you have options in an emergency.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to. Make arrangements with family, friends or your local government.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.

Additional information on the Party Rock fire can be found here.

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