Monday, September 26, 2022

Pender County game lands fire 77% contained

PENDER COUNTY — Crews have been battling the Juniper Road Two Fire on Holly Shelter Game Lands for a week now and making more progress on its suppression.

Of the 60,000-plus acres, 1,226 have been burning but are 77% contained according to the latest update from the N.C. Forest Service.

CATCH UP: 2,000 acres ablaze over 30 hours: Crews continue battling Holly Shelter Game Lands fire

The state agency said it is preparing to demobilize some of its resources. Pender and Onslow counties emergency management and medical services, communications units, radio operators, tractor plow strike teams, fire behavior analysts, finance department, GIS specialist, Pender County rangers and both ground and aviation support all have been on the scene.

As of Wednesday, there were over 80 personnel working the incident.

A temporary flight restriction went into effect Friday and remains in place. No civilian aircraft, manned or unmanned, is allowed within 5 miles of the fire. The mandate will remain until aviation support is relieved from firefighting duties.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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