Party Rock fire completely contained in Lake Lure

Published 3:07 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The North Carolina Forest Service announced on Nov. 27 the Party Rock fire north of Lake Lure and near Chimney Rock Village has been 100 percent contained. The fire had been burning since Nov. 5.

According to the North Carolina incident information system website, the Party Rock fire burned 7,142 acres before being contained. The fire burned 2,489 acres of N.C. State Park property and 4,653 acres of private property.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Commander Link Smith and 172 other personnel were present to fight the wildfire, according to the North Carolina incident information system website.

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The North Carolina Forest Service district will continue to patrol the area for several weeks, according to a press release distributed on Nov. 29 by the Party Rock Fire Information Team.

According to the press release, management of the fire was returned to the North Carolina Forest Service by the Oregon incident management team Wednesday morning.

The release added no new donations of resources for the firefighters at Party Rock is needed at this time and a thank you event for the firefighters is planned for the public on Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Morse Park Meadow in Lake Lure. Attendees are asked to wear a red or yellow shirt, and a short video giving thanks will be made.

Monetary donations can still be made to a local fire department or to the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation, according to the release. Donations can be made to the foundation at P.O. Box 783, Lake Lure, NC 28746.