Fire crews able to hold line against NC wildfires despite winds

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Photo: NWCG

Strong winds tested containment lines on the Party Rock Fire Saturday and through the night into Sunday morning, but fire managers say there was no fire growth outside those lines.

Continued windy conditions and low humidity will likely keep fire fighters on their toes again Sunday.

“If we can hold it one more day, we should be in great shape” Incident Commander Dan Brandon told fire fighters during Sunday’s morning briefing.

No new evacuation warnings have been issued but residents near the fire are asked to remain vigilant. Residents and business owners are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts through their county or local
government websites.

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The size of the fire remains at 7,171 acres, with containment holding at 36 percent. More than 900 structural and wildland firefighters are working day and night to protect homes
and businesses.

Residents and business owners have been allowed back into the Chimney Rock Village and Bat Cave communities but passes are required. Contact the Party Rock Fire Information Office
for details.

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A stretch of Highway 64/74-A through Chimney Rock Village from Bat Cave to Lake Lure remains closed. Current road information can be accessed on the NCDOT Travel Information Management System website at

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Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB ( or on the Town of Lake Lure website (

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