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Party Rock Fire

Unit Information

North Carolina Forest Service
1616 Mail Service Center Raleigh NC 27699-1616 North Carolina
Raleigh, NC 27699

This incident is no longer being updated.

The Party Rock Fire began November 5, 2016 on Chimney Rock State Park land about 1 mile north of Lake Lure. On November 9, 2016 command was turned over to the NC Forest Service Brandon Incident Management Team. A Type I Team from the Oregon Department of Forestry assumed command of the fire at 07:00 on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. The visitors center at Chimney Rock State Park has reopened but the climbing area on Rumbling Bald Mountain is closed until further notice.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday November 05th, 2016 approx. 01:00 PM
LocationChimney Rock State Park
Incident CommanderLink Smith, Oregon Department of Forestry
Coordinates35.45 latitude, -82.2 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel172
Size7,142 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter


Planned Actions

Demob the remaining crews and turn the incident back to the local district on 11/30/16 at 0700.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Mostly cloudy with an increasing change of rain.

24 hours: Cloudy with showers and thunder storms

48 hours: Cloudy with showers and thunder storms.

72 hours: Becoming clear and cool.


Reduction in total acreage due to more accurate mapping.

A State of Emergency is in effect for western NC due to ongoing wildfires, A Fire Management Assistance Grant has been approved for this incident. To date the fire has burned 2,489 acres on NC State Park property and 4,653 acres on private property.

This will be the last update.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Wind: Light SE winds


Relative Humidity:50%