Heavy Smoke, Fire Close U.S. 64/74A
ASHEVILLE – A wildfire beside Lake Lure has forced the immediate closing of U.S. 64/74A and N.C. 9 in Rutherford County.
A seven-mile stretch of road between the intersection of N.C. 9 and U.S. 64/74A — which lead to the lake and Chimney Rock State Park — will be closed to all traffic except emergency personnel until officials deem the area safe for residents and visitors.
A 48-mile detour around the fire to Bat Cave, N.C. has been established by transportation officials. Westbound traffic from the Rutherfordton direction is being detoured on the following route: Left on N.C. 9, Right on N.C. 108 in Mill Spring, right on U.S. 74 West, right on I-26 West, right on U.S. 64 in Hendersonville to Bat Cave. Eastbound traffic will follow that route in reverse.
Transportation officials remind motorists that wildfires create smoke that can quickly reduce visibility. Motorists are advised to slow down, obey all posted signs and add extra time into upcoming plans.
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