Updates on all major wildfires in WNC, evacuations, closures & containment
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- While crews are making progress on some of the raging wildfires in Western North Carolina, the battle is still far from over on others.
As of early Monday morning, here is the latest on some of the major fires. For a complete list of updates on each fire burning in the mountains, click here.
Party Rock Fire affecting Rutherford, Henderson & Buncombe counties
The Party Rock Fire is now at 3,457 acres and remains at 15% contained. There are 376 personnel working to contain the fire.
In Rutherford County, mandatory evacuations are in the Village of Chimney Rock and Rumbling Bald Resort from Boys Camp Road and Highway 74 to Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge at Highway 74. Classes have been canceled for Monday at Lake Lure Classical Academy for students and staff.
There are also mandatory evacuations from Boys Camp Road from Highway 74 to the end of Boys Camp Road and South Side Drive from Flowering Bridge west to Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge at Highway 74.
For Henderson County, communities along Highway 64/74-A from Henderson County line to Highway 9, Highway 9 to Shumont Road are under mandatory evacuations.
In Buncombe County, 20-30 homes have been threatened in the Shumont or Roaring Rock areas, according to the Broad River Volunteer Fire Department. Homes along Shumont Road have been evacuated.
An evacuee shelter has been established at Bat Cave Baptist Church located at 5095 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville, N.C. The shelter phone number is 828-625-9061.
The Tellico Fire is now at 13,676 acres, with 39% containment. There are 464 personnel working to control the fire.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for people living along Big Dog Road, Gassway Road, Licklog Road, Long Branch Road, Luther Bingham, Mason Road, Morgan Road, Northern Partridge Road, Silver Mine Road, East Silver Ridge Road, Wesser Creek Road and Wilkes Road.
If people who were evacuated are in need of shelter, they can go to the Swain County Senior center. Contact Swain County Dispatch at 828-488-2196 for shelter services.
A 10-mile section of US 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge is closed until further notice due to the Tellico Fire. Officials said there are rocks and debris falling onto the roadway.
For nonresidents: the southern closure is at the junction of US 19/74 and NC 129. The Northern closure is at US 19/74 and NC 28.
Macon & Clay Counties
The Boteler/Nantahala Branch Fire is nearly 8,700 acres with 37% containment.
In Macon County, mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Deweese Road and Partridge Creek Road. Tellico Road is still closed at this time.
Evacuees can go to Macon County EMS Base at 1096 Junaluska Road in Topton for shelter.
In Clay County, the following Nantahala National Forest roads are closed: 6226 (Vinyard), 351 (Nelson Ridge), 350 (Perry Gap), and 348 (Old 64).
In the Nantahala National Forest, these trails are closed: Wesser Creek Trail, Chunky Gal Trail from Glade Gap to Tusquitee Gap, Whitewater Falls Trail & portions of Foothills Trail, Appalachian Trail from the Nantahala River at Wesser south to Rock Gap Trailhead on Forest Road 67.
Progress continues to be made on the Maple Springs and Old Roughy fires.
The Maple Springs Fire is now 7,177 acres, and on Sunday containment increased from 13% to 15%. The Old Roughy fire went from 8% containment to 60% containment on Sunday. It is currently 657 acres.
An evacuation order issued last week for people living along Ryfield Road was also lifted on Sunday. For more evacuation information, call 828-479-7985.