In the early hours of Sunday morning, officials in Henderson County, North Carolina, issued a voluntary evacuation alert for East Poplar Drive in Edneyville. The alert was prompted by a growing wildfire in the area, known as the “Poplar Fire.” Although the evacuation order is voluntary, residents are strongly recommended to heed the advice and prioritize their safety.
While the fire department is urging residents to evacuate, they have also provided alternative options for those who may not have a place to go. The Edneyville Fire Department can be reached at (828) 685-7311 for more information. Additionally, Fruitland Bible College on Gilliam Road has opened its cafeteria to accommodate individuals needing shelter. Contact Fruitland Bible College at (828) 685-8886.
The wildfire, initially sparked on Friday afternoon about 3/4 of a mile up East Poplar Drive, has quickly grown in size. It has already consumed an estimated 250 to 300 acres within a span of just over 24 hours. As a result, the public is advised to avoid Kyles Creek Road, East Poplar Drive, Green Mountain Road, Rhodes Road, and any adjacent neighborhoods connected to these areas. This precaution will ensure that fire crews can effectively carry out their operations without compromising their safety.
In response to the escalating wildfire situation, a burn ban has been implemented in Henderson County. Effective as of 9 p.m. Saturday, November 4, the ban prohibits any outdoor burning within 100 feet of any structure. This measure aims to prevent the fire from spreading further and endangering more lives and properties.
Our utmost priority is the safety and well-being of the community. We urge all residents to stay informed about the wildfire situation through official channels and to heed any evacuation orders or recommendations from local authorities. Together, we can navigate this challenging situation and protect our beloved community.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does a voluntary evacuation alert mean?
A voluntary evacuation alert means that residents are given the choice to leave their homes for safety but are not required to do so. However, it is strongly recommended to follow the evacuation advice of local authorities to ensure personal safety.
2. Why has a burn ban been implemented in Henderson County?
The burn ban has been put in place to prevent any further spread of the wildfire and reduce the risk of additional fires starting. It prohibits all outdoor burning within 100 feet of any structure.
3. How can I find shelter if I don’t have a place to go?
For individuals without a place to go, they can contact the Edneyville Fire Department at (828) 685-7311 for more information. Fruitland Bible College on Gilliam Road has also opened its cafeteria to accommodate those in need of shelter. They can be reached at (828) 685-8886.
4. Which areas should I avoid to allow fire crews to operate safely?
To ensure the safety of fire crews and allow them to effectively carry out their operations, please avoid Kyles Creek Road, East Poplar Drive, Green Mountain Road, Rhodes Road, and any neighborhoods connected to these areas.