Evacuations enacted for wildfires in western North Carolina

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Wildfires continue to burn across western North Carolina as the region awaits a break in the recent run of dry weather.

Local media outlets report the latest fire erupted Saturday above Party Rock in Lake Lure. Firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service at battling the blaze, which is estimated to be 300 acres as of Tuesday.

The evacuation process has been initiated with limited evacuations in the Quail Ridge area and Huntington Road areas of Rumbling Bald Resort.

Emergency personnel are now going to these areas door to door to evacuate residents. If contacted, please be ready to vacate your home immediately. This evacuation order will impact between 25-35 homes.

Due to the increased complexity of the fire, a N.C. Forest Service Incident Management Team has been ordered.  The IMT will transition on Wednesday and take over the incident on Thursday.

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A pre-evacuation notification was provided Monday to some homeowners in the path of the fire, and a State of Emergency Declaration has been signed by the Mayor of Lake Lure. Area residents, business owners and visitors can stay updated on possible evacuation orders by visiting the town of Town of Lake Lure’s website and Facebook page. 

A burn ban is in effect for the town of Lake Lure.

Crews are also fighting a fire on Rumbling Bald Mountain since Saturday.

The Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Area of Chimney Rock State Park remains closed as a result.

CLICK HERE to view the wildfires live on various resort cameras in North Carolina.

Fires also continue to burn in the Nantahala National Forest, leading to emergency closures, including the Appalachian Trail, which is now closed from Rock Gap to the Nantahala River.