Helicopter Drops Water in Fight Against Growing Party Rock Fire

The Party Rock fire near Lake Lure in western North Carolina had grown to more than 5,700 acres by Wednesday, November 16, and was just 19 percent contained, official said.

Dry and mild weather and winds had been contributing to the spread of the fire, but weather conditions on Wednesday allowed helicopters to collect water from Lake Lure and makes drops over the blaze, as this video shows.

The Party Rock Fire was one of several burning in western North Carolina, prompting a State of Emergency to be declared in the area. Smoke from the fires caused a severe degradation of air quality in the Charlotte area, reports said. Credit: Facebook/Shelby Fire & Rescue Service via Storyful