With over twenty fires ranging in the North Carolina mountains, how does an emergency response network pushed to the breaking point respond to a fire threatening to devour the mountain communities of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Shumont and Bat Cave? In Senehi’s ninth novel, she chronicles the infamous Party Rock Fire that, before it was finally contained at 7,171 acres, raged for fourteen days, reached into three counties and was responsible for what is considered the largest call for mutual aid the state has ever seen.

“CATCHING FIRE is the story of the heroism and professionalism of the men and women of the state’s firefighting community during the worst fire outbreak experienced in North Carolina in decades,” said Derrick Clouston, Deputy Director, Office of the Fire Marshal. “With the exception of the four fictional main characters,” says Rose Senehi, “the actual names of most of the Forest Service and fire department personnel have been used, however, their narratives and quotes are solely derived from my imagination based on information gathered from the NC Forest Service’s twice daily press releases and the many supporting agencies.

The book will be launched at a Tribute Luncheon honoring local and state fire personnel sponsored by the Friends of the Mountain Branch Library at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the Lake Lure Inn. This fund-raiser for the library will cost $25 per person. For reservations, mail a check to the Friends of the Mountain Branch Library, 150 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746 or call the library at 828-287-6392.