3400-acre fire continues to move toward evacuated communities

RUTHERFORD CO., N.C. (WSPA) – The Party Rock fire increased in size to 3,457 acres in size, according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

They say only about 15 percent of the fire is contained at this time.

The fire is active on all perimeters except for the east side. It has been most active on the northern perimeter, they say.

The southern edge of the fire continues to move downhill off Round Top Mountain and Rumbling Bald Mountain towards Boys Camp Road.

The fire was also at the woods line in some areas of Chimney Rock Village.

Firefighters have set up structure protection for homes on Boys Camp Road, Chimney Rock Village, and along Highway 64/74-A.  Structure protection firefighters had hose lays deployed and were waiting for the fire to reach the wood’s edge before extinguishing it with water. This suppression strategy is used to completely combust all available fuel so reburn potential is minimized.

No structures have been lost to date.

If dense ground smoke occurs, travelers are encouraged to slow down on the roads. A stretch of Highway 74-A leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south remains closed.

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