Fires all over western NC, some up to 1600 acres, bring in crews from all over U.S.

    Crews from Lake Lure and the State Forestry Service have been battling the 30-acre wildfire on Rumbling Bald Mountain since Saturday. (Photo credit: Ken Ramos)

    LAKE LURE, N.C. -- Wildfires continue to affect parts of Western North Carolina.

    Right now, the Rumbling Bald Climbing Access Area of Chimney Rock State Park remains closed.

    Crews from Lake Lure and the State Forestry Service have been battling the 30-acre wildfire on Rumbling Bald Mountain since Saturday. We know there are 35 firefighters on the ground and helicopters are dropping water by day.

    No homes in the area are in immediate danger.

    Parts of the Nantahala National Forest are also closed due to wildfires. Officials say the Appalachian Trail from Rock Gap to the Nantahala River is shut down.

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    Multiple trails and area waterfalls are also closed.

    Firefighters from across the U.S. are coming to North Carolina to help.

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    Fire lines are being maintained along the Boteler Fire near Hayesville, which has now grown to more than 1600 acres.

    The more than 600-acre Knob Fire, southwest of Franklin, now has fire lines and control lines defined, and crews are mopping up.

    Firefighters at the 532-acre Dick's Creek fire near Sylva continue to defend structures and are making progress.

    Crews have built lines along the Appalachian Trail as part of the Tellico Fire near Franklin, which has spread to more than 1100 acres.

    The May Branch, Jones Gap, Wine Spring Cliffside and Moses Creek Fires are under control and being monitored.

    Read a press release from Lake Lure Fire and Rescue below:

    Smoke from Party Rock Fire in Lake Lure NC affecting surrounding communities.
    The Party Rock Fire started on 11/5/2016 and is currently being managed by the NC Forest Service. The fire is located in Lake Lure, NC on NC State Park property. The fire is currently estimated at 60 acres. Fire containment lines are being constructed around the parameter of the fire. At this time there are no homes or structures threatened by the fire.
    The Rumbling Bald Climbing Access and all backcountry accesses to Rumbling Bald Mountain are currently closed. A burning ban has been put into effect for the town of Lake Lure, effective 11/5/16.
    Good progress is being made on the fire, and containment is estimated at 25%. 50 personnel are involving including NC Forest Service Aviation Resources. Staff are operating on 24 hr. shifts. The fire is still actively burning, but minimal growth is anticipated. Expect to see smoke for some time as the interior of the fire continues to burn. Once containment lines are secured, burnout operations will begin, weather permitting, and the fire footprint will grow to include state and private property. Folks should anticipate increased smoke associated with the burnout operation.
    There are multiple cooperating agencies working on the fire, including: NC State Parks, NC Forest Service, Lake Lure Fire Department, Rutherford County Emergency Management, Lake Lure Police Department, Chimney Rock Fire Department, Bills Creek Fire Department, Fairfield Fire Department, Broad River Fire Department, and Green Hill Fire Department.
    For more information, contact Victoria Tillotson, NC Forest Service 919-500-8757

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