November 21, 2016

This is a list of Fire Departments who came to the Party Rock

What’s the full list of all fire departments working at the Party Rock fire? Here’s my ongoing list. Culled from news reports, social media postings, and, most importantly, inputs from a ton of fire friends:

  1. Aberdeen (Moore) – One of four FDs from Moore County, together w/two engines w/eight
  2. Advance (Davie) – Engine 1203
  3. Albemarle (Stanly) – E3 w/four
  4. Allen (Cabarrus) – E2, Brush 1
  5. Altamahaw-Ossippe (Alamance)
  6. Apex (Wake) – E22
  7. A-RC-H (Arcadia-Reedy Creek-Hampton) (Randolph) – Brush 1133
  8. Asheboro (Randolph) – E21
  9. Asheville (Buncombe) – E8, Tanker 12
  10. Aurora (Beaufort) – Brush 6550
  11. Bahama (Durham) – Brush 337 w/two, Squad 319 (pick-up) w/two
  12. Barnardsville (Buncombe) – Squad 15
  13. Bat Cave (Henderson)
  14. Battleboro (Nash) – Brush w/four
  15. Bay Leaf (Wake) – Brush 259
  16. Bear Creek/Swansboro (Onslow) – E205
  17. Big Marsh (Robeson) – Brush 230
  18. Bills Creek (Rutherford)
  19. Black Mountain (Buncombe) – E41
  20. Bladenboro (Bladen) – Quint
  21. Blounts Creek (Beaufort) – Brush 6150
  22. Blue Ridge (Henderson)
  23. Broad River (Buncombe) – E22-2, B22
  24. Buncombe County FMO
  25. Buncombe County FDs – Numerous chief officers
  26. Bunyan (Beaufort) – Brush 7350
  27. Carolina (Mecklenburg) – #2
  28. Carrboro (Orange) – E10
  29. Carthage (Moore) – Brush 317 w/four
  30. Cary (Wake) – E20, Brush 9
  31. Cedar Grove (Orange) – Brush 652
  32. Central School (Iredell) – E905
  33. Chapel Hill (Orange) – E31, Chief 3
  34. Charlotte (Mecklenburg) – Task Force with three engine-tankers (E71, E72, E73), two brush trucks (B5, B33), and a chief (BC23), plus communications assets, NC USAR Task Force 3, for logistics and shelter support
  35. Chimney Rock (Rutherford)
  36. Chocowinity (Beaufort)
  37. Clark’s Neck (Pitt) – Brush 2509. See Pitt County
  38. Clarkton (Bladen) – Brush 527
  39. Climax (Guilford) – B42
  40. Concord (Cabarrus) – E7 w/four
  41. Courtney (Yadkin)
  42. Cumberland Road (Cumberland) – Brush 541
  43. Currituck County FD – Two engines w/eight to ten
  44. Cypress Point (Moore) – E243
  45. Dana (Henderson) – Engine
  46. Denver (Lincoln) – E14
  47. Dudley (Wayne) – Engine
  48. Durham (City) – Engine 15
  49. Durham County FD – Brush 83
  50. Durham Highway (Wake) – Brush 6, w/two
  51. Eagle Springs (Moore)
  52. East Bend (Yadkin) – Brush 1416
  53. East Howellsville (Robeson) – E711
  54. East Side (Stanly)
  55. Eastern Wake (Wake) – P1 w/four or five, pick-up
  56. Edneyville (Henderson)
  57. Efland (Orange) – Brush 151
  58. Elizabethtown (Bladen) – E554
  59. E.M. Holt (Alamance) – Brush 97 w/five
  60. Etowah Horseshoe (Henderson)
  61. Elon (Alamance) – Brush 85 w/two
  62. Fairfield Mountain (Rutherford)
  63. Fairview (Buncombe) – E3-2, E_, tanker, ATV3
  64. Farmville (Pitt) – Brush 5309
  65. Faucette (Alamance) – Utility 77 w/two
  66. Fire District 13 (Guilford) – E58
  67. Fletcher (Henderson)
  68. Forbush (Yadkin)
  69. Fountain (Pitt) – See Pitt County
  70. Fuquay-Varina (Wake) – Personnel
  71. Garner (Wake) – Personnel
  72. Garren Creek (Buncombe) – E23, ATV 23
  73. Gastonia (Gaston) – E5
  74. Gerton (Henderson)
  75. Gray’s Creek (Cumberland) – Engine w/four
  76. Green Hill (Rutherford)
  77. Green River (Henderson)
  78. Greensboro (Guilford) – E1, plus Special Ops/NCTF6 unit(s) assisting with logistics: mobile shower unit, tractor-drawn communications unit, etc.
  79. Grimesland (Pitt) – See Pitt County
  80. GuilRand (Guilford) – E211
  81. Gumtree (Forsyth) – Brush 335
  82. Harmony (Iredell) – Brush 448
  83. Harrisburg (Cabarrus) – Brush
  84. Haw River (Alamance) – Brush 45 w/one
  85. Healing Springs (Davidson)
  86. High Falls (Moore) – Squad 12
  87. High Point (Guilford) – E1, Brush 1
  88. Holly Springs (Wake) – Brush 2, Car 4
  89. Horneytown (Forsyth) – Brush 329
  90. Hubert (Onslow) – Brush 809
  91. Idlewild (Mecklenburg)
  92. Jacksonville (Onslow) – E6
  93. Jupiter (Buncombe) – Tanker 16
  94. Kannapolis (Rowan) – E41 w/four
  95. Kernersville (Forsyth) – E45
  96. Knightdale (Wake) – Two personnel
  97. Lake Lure (Rutherford) – E2515
  98. Leland (Brunswick) – E5371
  99. Lemon Springs (Lee) – Brush 712
  100. Lenoir County – About 11 personnel from several FDs and OFM
  101. Lewisville (Forsyth) – E113
  102. Locke (Rowan) – Brush 627
  103. Lower Currituck (Currituck) – E2, Brush 2
  104. Matthews (Mecklenburg) – Brush 126, Squad 129
  105. Midway (Davidson) – Brush 86, w/six total
  106. Mills River (Henderson)
  107. Monroe (Union) – E1
  108. Morehead City (Carteret) – Brush 2 w/four
  109. Mooresville (Iredell) – E3, Brush 1
  110. Morrisville (Wake) – Brush 3
  111. Mountain Home (Henderson)
  112. Moyock (Currituck)
  113. New Hanover County FD – E97
  114. North Lenoir (Lenoir) – E11 w/five
  115. Norwood Center (Stanly) – B566 w/four
  116. Orange Rural (Orange) – E231, plus Asst. Chief and Deputy Chief
  117. Pamlico County strike team – Four engines
  118. Parkwood (Durham) – Name on side of Durham County brush truck. See Durham County.
  119. Pinecroft-Sedgefield (Guilford) – E24, E25
  120. Pinehurst (Moore) – See Aberdeen
  121. Piney Green (Onslow) – E1106
  122. Pumpkin Center (Onslow)
  123. Puppy Creek (Hoke) – Brush 39
  124. Pitt County – Six departments and thirteen FFs. Three brush trucks, plus QRV.
  125. Raleigh (Wake) – Mini 2 (brush) w/two crews of four, plus special operations bus for transporting firefighters to/from Wake County, plus passenger van
  126. Red Oak (Pitt) –  Squad 5110 (QRV), w/two
  127. Reems Creek-Beaverdam District (Buncombe) – Tanker 17
  128. Reems Creek (Buncombe) – E14-2
  129. Reynolds (Buncombe) – E9-3, Brush 9
  130. Rolesville (Wake) – Personnel
  131. Rocky Mount (Nash) – E22
  132. Salisbury (Rowan) – E2 w/four
  133. Saluda (Henderson) – E23-2
  134. Shelby (Cleveland) – E32 w/four
  135. Shepherds (Iredell) – E3
  136. Simpson (Pitt) – E3207. See Pitt County
  137. Skyland (Buncombe) – E21-5, Car 21-1
  138. South Iredell (Iredell)
  139. Southern Pines (Moore) – See Aberdeen
  140. Southmont (Davidson) – E56
  141. Spring Lake (Cumberland)
  142. Statesville (Iredell)
  143. Stony Hill (Wake) – P395
  144. Stoney Point (Cumberland)
  145. Summerfield (Guilford)
  146. Tabernacle (Randolph) – Brush 187, Special Service 289, w/four total
  147. Township No. 7 (Craven) – Brush w/four
  148. Tramway (Lee) – Brush 210
  149. Troutman (Iredell)
  150. Tryon (Polk) – E3
  151. Vienna (Forysth) – Brush 321
  152. Wadesboro (Anson) – Brush 618
  153. Wake Forest (Wake) – E1, Brush 3, personnel van
  154. Wake-New Hope (Wake) – Personnel
  155. Wendell (Wake) – Brush 114
  156. Westarea (Cumberland)
  157. West Buncombe (Buncombe) – Brush 5-2
  158. Westarea (Cumberland) – E2031
  159. West End (Moore) – Brush
  160. Western Carteret (Carteret) – E3
  161. Western Wake (Wake) – Brush 299
  162. White Lake (Bladen) – Engine
  163. William R. Davie (Davie) – E1703
  164. Wilmington (New Hanover) – E13, Brush
  165. Winston-Salem (Forsyth) – Special response unit S842 w/four
  166. Winterville (Pitt) – Brush 1509, w/three
  167. Wrightsville Beach (New Hanover) – E82
  168. Yadkinville (Yadkin)
  169. Valley Hill (Henderson)
  170. Zebulon (Wake) – Brush 99 w/two

Plus wildland units and crews from outside North Carolina, such as:

  • Daisy Mountain + Peoria + Surprise, AZ – Brush w/two
  • Golden Valley, AZ
  • Harquahala Fire District – Tonopah, AZ
  • North County Fire & Medical – Sun City, AZ
  • Shiloh, NM
  • Superstition, AZ
  • Taos Pueblo, NM
  • Timber Mesa, AZ
  • US Forest Service units from NM, AZ, ec.

And forestry crews from AK, ID, FL, TX, VA, and other locations.

Plus numerous support agencies, such as:

  • Rutherford County EM
  • NC Emergency Management
  • NC HART – One helo
  • NC OSFM
  • NC USAR Task Force 2 (Buncombe) – Various fire/rescue agencies.
  • NC USAR Task Force 3 (Mecklenburg) – Charlotte FD, see above
  • NC USAR Task Force 6 (Guilford) – Greensboro FD, see above

November 18, 2016

What a wild week we have had at Gerton. We have staffed our squad with two people 24 hours a day since Monday. Many of our firefighters have worked 24 hour or more shifts at the Party Rock fire. I would like to say a big thank you to Cherokee Springs Fire in Spartanburg county for their assistance. We had a 12 hour time frame where none of your volunteers were available to work at the fire. They sent a crew to us and staffed our squad. The fire yesterday was closing in on 7000 acres. Wednesday day and night turned out to be the turning point for Henderson county. By the morning on Thursday, the fire’s westerly movement toward Gerton had been stopped and fire lines had been established and were holding. This is great news for Henderson county. We have reduced staffing at the fire scene and we were able to bring our squad home Thursday night. We still have at least one more hurdle. There is strong winds coming this weekend with no rain. We will again be staffing the lines and making sure the fire doesn’t flare back up and jump across the fire lines. I would like to thank everyone for the donations you have sent to us and the command center. It is because of the generosity of our residents that we have ate well, had needed equipment, and been able to hydrate and eat on the lines well. You are all so awesome and we are thankful for you. Please remember there is still a burning ban in place and we could do this all again from one careless mistake with fire. I want to thank you, along with my firefighters, from the bottom of our hearts for all of your prayers and support over the last two weeks. Thanks to each of you and stay safe!

November 15, 2016

Update on the party rock fire. The fire did slow down in the western movement. It continues to burn northerly. There are approximately 600 firefighters involved at any time. We still continue to plan to stop the fire at Highway 9, There have been no structures have been lossed at this time. Prep work continues at structures in the danger zone. At the last report the fire had only grown about another 100 acres. We are hopeful that the fire will be contained in the near future. We ask everyone’s patience. This has been a very difficult fire to contain. There are resources from across the United States helping. We just ask that everyone keep praying for the firefighters and everyone involved or impacted. We do that everyone for donations and the support you have given us. We will try and update again we find out more. Please be safe and remember NO Burning! Thanks

November 13, 2016

We wanted to give an update on the Party rock Fire. The fire has grown to 3400 acres. It did jump several lines last night. The hope is for rain later today, but it is not likely. There are mandatory evacuations for parts of Bat Cave, Chimney Rock and parts of Lake Lure and Boys Camp Road. There is no evacuations planned for the Gerton area. Smoke will continue to be an issue in the gorge. If you see flames please call 911. We are still manning the station and have two crews in Bat Cave providing structural protection to homes in that area. Please continue to pray for our firefighters and everyone involved. Donations can be dropped off at our station. Thank you for your support and prayers.

November 12, 2016

The party rock fire that started in lake Lure has burned over 200 acres. There is an evacuation order for the Chimney Rock area at this time. There have been some voluntary evacuations in the lower Bat Cave area. There has not been any request for any evacuations in the Gerton area. We are supporting the Chimney Rock, Lake Lure and Bat cave fire departments with crews and equipment. We are still manning our station during the day. There will be periods of heavy smoke in our area. Please call 911 if you see fire. We are continually monitoring the fire and conditions. Please feel free to call the station or email us at chief@gertonfire.org. Also we are posting updates on our facebook page. Thank you for your support and the calls and supplies that our community has brought us. We are taking it to the firefighters on the fire lines. Please remember we are under a burn ban. There is no outside fires of any type allowed. If you see anything call 911 and we will respond. Thank you for your support and watch this page and our facebook page for updates.