Evacuations canceled in Lake Lure, all roads open - FOX Carolina 21

Evacuations canceled in Lake Lure, all roads open

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Fire crews at Lake Lure (FOX Carolina) Fire crews at Lake Lure (FOX Carolina)
LAKE LURE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

All evacuation orders and road closures for Lake Lure and surrounding areas were lifted at noon on Monday, officials with the NC Forest Service said.

Officials said the threat from the Party Rock wildfire had diminished substantially by Monday morning. The fire had burned more than 7,000 acres but was more than 45 percent contained Monday.

The evacuations and pre-evacuations were for the following areas:

  • Rumbling Bald Resort
  • Deerfield
  • Fairfield
  • Youngs Mountain
  • Quail Ridge
  • Three Creeks
  • Cedar Creek Road
  • Buffalo Creek Road
  • Riverbend Highlands
  • Tatanka
  • Apple Valley
  • Shumont Estates
  • Buffalo Shoals

Even though evacuations will be canceled, the town of Lake Lure will remain in a state of emergency and officials caution everyone that the recently burned areas contain many hazards, including damaged and standing dead trees which can fall without warning at any time. There may also be “stump holes,” which may contain enough heat to burn people and pets.

The NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler extended the open burning ban to an additional 22 counties.

The NC Forestry Service said in a release that resources are being released to return home and no further donations are needed.

"Because of the continued progress on the Party Rock Fire, resources are now being released to other fires or to return home. No further donations of any kind are needed to support the remaining fire fighters.

The Brandon Incident Management Team would like to extend a special thank you to the citizens of the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village communities and surrounding areas for their outpouring of generosity to those involved with fighting the Party Rock Fire."

Governor Pat McCrory said most of the fires are believed to have been started by humans, though officials did not know if the fires were set intentionally or by accident. McCrory advised people in Western NC to be vigilant and report any burning in hopes of reducing the disaster, which comes just week after a hurricane flooded the eastern part of the state.

The U.S. Forest Service posted a reminder on its Facebook page saying "If you see something, say something" in response to anyone seen deliberately setting a fire. They said up to a $10,000 reward may be offered by the State of North Carolina or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Call Crimestoppers or 800-47-ARSON to report a fire being intentionally set.

The Lake Town Hall will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, but only through the front entrance, and using the front parking lot.  The rest of the property is still being used as an incident command post and is closed to the public.

The park will also remain closed since it is being used as fire base camp.

The public was also allowed to re-enter Chimney Rock at noon on Monday.
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