Sunday, December 10, 2023

Fire at Holly Shelter 90% contained

HAMPSTEAD — Eleven days after a fire began burning more than 1,200 acres at Holly Shelter Game Lands, crews have it almost fully contained.

According to Monday’s update from the N.C. Forest Service, suppression efforts have it up to 90% controlled. The forest service district 8 personnel, as well as the Pender County ranger will continue to command the Juniper Road Two Fire.

“Infrared drone flights will be conducted as needed to determine if any hot spots remain,” a press release noted.

Daily patrols will take place until the area is “declared cold.”

A temporary flight restriction is still in place for all aircraft within 5 miles of the fire. Officials ask the public to stay away from the roads into Holly Shelter Game Land to make it safer and easier for crews to enter and exit the location.

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Shea Carver
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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