Controlled burns scheduled at Orton Plantation through spring

A controlled burn by the Nature Conservancy in North Carolina (Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina Facebook page)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — If you see smoke around Orton Plantation over the next couple of months, don’t be alarmed. Orton Plantation has begun its annual controlled burns this month, which will continue this spring. According to the Orton Plantation, the burns will take place until May 1 as the weather allows and permits are available. […]

Fire departments seeking search and rescue funding before disaster strikes

Search and Rescue members train on concrete at CFCC's North Campus. Photos by Christina Haley.

North Carolina’s Search and Rescue Program helped save more than 2,000 citizens during Hurricane Matthew. Now, a new bill introduced in  the State House of Representatives could provide the funding needed to consistently support the program’s future. House Bill 189, recently introduced to the state legislature, lays out language and guidelines for the program to follow, […]

Thanksgiving safety tips: Avoiding fires, injuries and turkey fryer explosions


NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Turkey fryers – and the fires and injuries they can cause – have gained notoriety in recent years. Despite causing an estimated 900 fires per year, according to New Hanover County Fire Rescue, turkey fryers have grown increasingly popular. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) strongly discourages the use of turkey […]

Cause of Kings Beach Store fire undetermined but not suspicious

A fire destroyed Kings Beach Store in Wrightsville Beach on Friday afternoon. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

The cause of the fire that destroyed a landmark waterfront business and caused thick smoke to fill the blue skies over Wrightsville Beach Friday afternoon is still unknown, according to a release from Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Glen Rogers. Firefighters from the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue […]

New Hanover County to build new fire station in Ogden

New Hanover County Fire Rescue dedicates a new fire engine on May 1, 2013 to replace an older engine that has been retired due to years of service. The new engine is stationed at Castle Hayne Station 13.

The New Hanover County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) could get a new fire station in Ogden if county commissioners approve the purchase of their existing station at 7375 Market Street from its current owner, the Ogden Volunteer Fire Rescue Association. New Hanover County is currently in negotiations to purchase the property for $650,000. According to county officials the station, […]