BUNCOMBE CO., N.C. (WSPA) – The fire has not crossed containment lines, despite 45 mph winds, according to fire officials.
While some areas are still smoldering, and occasionally flaring up for brief moments of time, no fire has escaped the perimeter, officials say.
They say air quality has improved dramatically as the wind has helped clear the air of smoke. No new evacuations have been issued and there are no changes in existing evacuations.
Containment on the 7,171-acre fire has increased to 45 percent, officials say. There are 925 firefighters working to protect homes and property.
Chimney Rock Village will be opened to the public at noon on Monday, November 21, according to officials.
Trucks delivering food and other commerce supplies, and school buses will have access to the Village and highway 74A/64 starting immediately after Sunday midnight.
While access to Chimney Rock Village is being opened to the public, officials warn that those traveling through or visiting the area should remain vigilant to the dangers that still exist due to the wildfire.
The public is strongly encouraged to stay out of the burned woodlands.
A stretch of Highway 74-A leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south remains closed, officials say.
The Rumbling Bald Resort area remains closed at this time.
“The situation is still serious and we need to see what the fire does with this evening’s gusty winds before our re-entry decision is made,” said Lake Lure Mayor Bob Keith on the status on the Rumbling Bald Resort.