- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (AP) - Scientists say the fire that burned thousands of acres near Lake Lure in western North Carolina will eventually be a good thing for the forest.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported (https://bit.ly/2gT3UYY) that ecologists say the Party Rock fire helped clear underbrush.

The fire was one of more than a dozen fires that burned in the mountains of western North Carolina last month.

Pater Barr with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy says by late spring or early summer, the forest should have plenty of new greenery.

Clemson University forest ecologist Donald Hagan says there are positive effects from these kinds of fires. The fires eliminate fuel for what could be larger fires later.

The fire from Nov. 5 to Nov. 29 burned more than 11 square miles.

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