Officials: Chimney Rock Village reopens to public at noon Monday - FOX Carolina 21

Officials: Chimney Rock Village reopens to public at noon Monday

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Smoke shrouds Bald Rock mountain as crews continue to fight the Party Rock wildfire (Nov. 18, 2016/ FOX Carolina) Smoke shrouds Bald Rock mountain as crews continue to fight the Party Rock wildfire (Nov. 18, 2016/ FOX Carolina)
CHIMNEY ROCK, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the North Carolina Forestry Service said that the phased reopening of Chimney Rock Village to the public would begin Monday.

The agency's release detailing the announcement read as follows:

Chimney Rock Village will be opened to the public at noon on Monday, November 21. This area has been closed due to the Party Rock Fire, and only recently opened to Village business owners and residents. Trucks delivering food and other commerce supplies, and school buses will have access to the Village and highway 74A/64 starting immediately after Sunday midnight. Henderson County school buses will also resume their normal travel routes on November 21.

While access to Chimney Rock Village is being opened to the public, it is essential that those traveling through or visiting the area remain vigilant to the dangers that still exist due to the wildfire. The public is strongly encouraged to stay out of the burned woodlands. Many dangers still exist, such as trees that are weakened from the fire and smoldering stump holes. Standing dead and cured trees, otherwise known as snags, may fall without warning and cause serious injury or death. Because of the fire, there are more snags than normal posing a danger to those entering the fire’s footprint.

The Rumbling Bald Resort area remains closed at this time.

“The situation is still serious and we need to see what the fire does with this evening’s gusty winds before our re-entry decision is made,” said Lake Lure Mayor Bob Keith on the status on the Rumbling Bald Resort. 

Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov//) or on the Town of Lake Lure website (http://www.townoflakelure.com/).

Chimney Rock Village will remain closed to visitors and through-traffic until further notice.

Home and business owners in Chimney Rock Village were able to re-enter the area Saturday to check on their properties if they had windshield passes on their vehicles.

As of Sunday, officials said the Party Rock wildfire had burned 7,171 acres and was 45 percent contained.

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