Chapel Hill firefighters return after assisting with NC mountain wildfires

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Firefighters with the Chapel Hill Fire Department returned home Tuesday night after spending 72 hours on the front lines of the Party Rock Fire in Western North Carolina.

(Source: Danielle Currin, Chapel Hill Fire Department)

Danielle Currin was one of four firefighters from Chapel Hill sent to assist other departments in Lake Lure.

She said she was proud to be part of the effort to try and preserve the community before the fire gets worse, but her time there was emotional.

“Emotions were high just because you don’t know what you’re getting into,” said Currin. “Every day had been different depending on the weather.”

In addition to the changing weather, firefighters faced rough conditions but remained eager to help.


“Shifts were very, very long and strenuous. Some of the guys had their FitBits on and they recorded up to about 14 miles of us walking every day,” said Currin.

Although the firefighters are excited to be home, they are more than willing to be sent back to the fire lines.

Chapel Hill Fire Chief Matthew Sullivan believes that its their responsibility to send additional crews if they are able.

“We have assets and we’re blessed with nice weather right now but we’ve also had our own share of disasters where we’ve received support from other agencies so we want to return that favor,” said Sullivan.

The four crew members from Chapel Hill Fire Department will remain deployed at Lake Lure through the end of the week. Depending on how the fire fight goes over the next several days, additional crews may be sent.

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