PENDER COUNTY – Throughout the day, North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) crews, in conjunction with Pender EMS and Fire and Pender County Emergency Management personnel, have been steadily working the wildfire situation within the Holly Shelter Game Land.
After morning forecasts indicated high winds and potential for erratic fire behavior, afternoon weather conditions proved to show no significant change in fire behavior.
Due to the coordinated efforts by all personnel working the incident, the threat of an escape from containment lines has been greatly reduced.
The area along the Highway 17 corridor from Shepards Road to Pinnacle Parkway continues to be monitored and will be a priority through the weekend to ensure the risk of spreading is minimized.
The current weekend forecast calls for a rain event, which will assist with wildfire suppression efforts. Citizens are encouraged to remain vigilant as there is still some smoldering within the perimeter of the fire.
The public is still advised to stay out of the Holly Shelter Game Land area as much as possible. Please avoid using drones in the area to ensure safe air space for NCFS aviation resources. Consideration for firefighter and public safety is the highest priority.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Pender County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 910-259-1210.