Juniper Road Two Fire receives much needed rainfall, remains 25% contained

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HAMPSTEAD – The Juniper Road Two Fire received one inch of rainfall on the fire area Friday afternoon, Aug. 12. Rainfall accumulation will help aid in extinguishing the wildfire
on Holly Shelter Game Land but may temporarily impede the use of equipment on fire lines. The fire is 1,226 acres in size due to additional mapping. Periods of rain are expected throughout the remainder of the day.

The N.C. Forest Service is bringing in a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assume command of fire operations beginning Saturday, Aug. 13.

“The presence of the Incident Management Team will allow us to bring in support staff to assist the existing operations personnel with their firefighting efforts,” said Michael Cheek,
incident commander for the Type 2 team.

Personnel will continue to closely monitor changing weather conditions through the weekend as firefighters continue their containment operations. There are no structures threatened at this time. The public is being urged to remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources for additional information. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke and low cloud cover may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight
restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane and 31 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service.

For information updates, visit
https://www.ncforestservice.gov/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

Friday update on wildfire

Juniper Road Two Fire is 1,230 acres in size following more accurate mapping, remains 25% contained

HAMPSTEAD – Following more accurate mapping, the Juniper Road Two Fire is 1,230 acres in size and remains 25% contained as of Friday morning. The fire was caused by a
lightning strike on Tuesday, Aug. 2, well within the interior of the game lands.

Thursday, Aug.11, fire personnel continued to strengthen existing containment lines and plow additional lines to prevent the forward spread of the fire. These efforts will continue
throughout Friday. Occasional gusty winds and dry fuels led to minimal spot overs beyond the fire imprint, but cloudy skies and higher relative humidity helped hinder aggressive fire behavior and movement.

Friday’s forecast for incoming frontal passage and changing weather patterns will be closely monitored. There are no structures threatened at this time. The public is being urged to
remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the Juniper Road Two Fire. The TFR restricts all civilian aircraft, manned and unmanned, within 5 miles of the fire. The flight
restriction remains in place until aviation support is no longer needed.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane, and 31 personnel from the N.C. Forest Service.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

Juniper Road Two Fire in Pender County at 25 percent containment

HAMPSTEAD – As of 8 a.m., Aug. 11, the Juniper Road Two Fire is estimated to be 2,000 acres in size and at 25% containment after pushing beyond firelines on Wednesday, Aug.
10 and progressing east toward Highway 50.

The Juniper Road Two Fire was caused by a lightning strike on Tuesday, Aug. 2, well within the interior of the game lands.

Fire personnel is conducting initial attack operations to reorganize containment lines and catch wind-driven spot over fires. Difficult terrain, changing weather patterns with wind
gusts, low relative humidity, and high heat index values remain a challenge for firefighting efforts. Currently, the fire remains about two miles west of Highway 50.

There are no structures threatened at this time.

The public is being urged to remain vigilant and continue monitoring local news resources. Hazardous road conditions due to smoke may be a factor during the evening and overnight hours.

Operational resources working the fire include a dozen tractor plow units with crewmen, one helicopter, two single-engine air tankers, one scout and lead plane, and 21 personnel from N.C. Forest Service.

The public is reminded to keep drones away from wildfires. While drones provide unique opportunities for aerial video and imagery of wildfire activity, they are unauthorized. Flying a drone near or around a wildfire compromises the safety of pilots and interferes with firefighting efforts.

For information updates, visit https://www.ncforestservice/fire_control/sit_report.htm.

UPDATE: Wildfire in Holly Shelter Game Lands

UPDATE 8 p.m.

The NC Foresty Service reports the Holly Shelter Game Land wildfire has impacted more than 1500 acres of the game land’s more than 63,000 acres. The fire is approximately 2 miles from Hwy 50 in Onslow County.
The NCFS will have a morning briefing.

 

 

MAPLE HILL – Pender County Emergency Management is on the scene of an approximately 150-acre wildfire. The wildfire is located inside the Holly Shelter Game Lands.

Pender County EM staff is assisting the North Carolina Forest Service.

Smoke from this fire may affect the Maple Hill, Holly Ridge, and other neighborhoods along the Pender County and Onslow County borders.

For updates throughout the day, please visit the Pender County Emergency Management or Pender County Facebook pages and website.

Residents who have not opted into CodeRed emergency notifications, can sign up for the free service online at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/.

Public invited to submit feedback on regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments 

Community input sought for Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East regions

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Office of Recovery Resiliency (NCORR) Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, in partnership with four councils of governments, is requesting public feedback on draft regional Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessments, which will guide plans for building community resilience. 

The draft regional vulnerability assessments describe the specific impacts of extreme weather events on housing, the environment, and the economy and will be used to create a portfolio of priority community resilience projects. The assessments include regional details about the problems the Albemarle, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Mid-East council of governments regions have experienced in the past and the risks they face in the future due to climate change. These hazards include hurricanes, flooding, wind damage, extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires.

Public input can help strengthen the draft vulnerability assessments for these regions. Residents may have insights about how to sharpen the findings and ensure that they accurately reflect their community and region. The draft assessments and online public comment forms can be found on each region’s webpage:

Albemarle Commission Council of Governments Region
(Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/albemarle

Cape Fear Council of Governments Region
(Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/cape-fear

Eastern Carolina Council of Governments Region
(Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/eastern-carolina

Mid-East Commission Council of Governments Region 
(Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin, and Pitt counties)
https://www.rebuild.nc.gov/resiliency/resilient-communities/rise/mid-east

Comments on the draft assessments may also be submitted by email by to resilience@ncdps.gov with the subject line Vulnerability Assessment. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 17.

The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program is a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) Program. RISE is a partnership between NCORR and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments. The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program serves nine council of governments regions. A list of counties for each region can be found on the RISE website.

RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with additional support from the N.C. Rural Center and the state’s HUD Community Development Block Grant—Mitigation grant. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or resilience activities in each council of governments region, visit the RISE website.

Pender County Veterans Affairs offers flag retirement collection boxes

BURGAW – Pender County Veterans Affairs has launched an ongoing program to respectfully collect retired American flags.

“We have collection boxes at both the Central Administration office and the Hampstead Annex,” said Sally Lawson, director of Pender County Veterans Affairs.

Lawson said the collaboration of the National Association of Counties and local Boy Scout Hayden Burns of Troop 777 made the two collection boxes possible.

In partnership with the National Association of Counties and the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, Pender County Veterans Affairs has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, at Pender County’s administration office, 805 W. Walker St. in Burgaw.

The collection box at the Hampstead Annex was an Eagle Scout Project by Hayden Burns of Troop 777. The Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy 17, is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of national holidays. The collection box is located near the main entrance to the auditorium.

“This centrally-located drop-off boses provides convenience while respecting our national symbol,” said Lawson. “The county is unified in helping enable our citizens to respect our great nation while disposing of old or worn out flags.”

The United States Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it. “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning,” says the code.

Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.

For more information about the flag retirement collection boxes, call 910-259-1203.

Pender County hires Pamela Brame to serve as HR Director

BURGAW – Pamela Brame will join the Pender County administration as the new Human Resource Director, effective Sept. 6.

“Ms. Brame will be an asset to the Pender County staff,” said Carolyn Moser, Interim County Manager. “As the Duplin County HR Director since 2012 and the HR Director in Onslow for four years, Pamela Brame brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Pender County.”

Brame, who is experienced in all aspects of governmental Human Resources, describes herself as a “good problem solver.”

“HR is involved in the development of personnel policies, benefits, and safety procedures for all county employees,” said Brame.

She will also assist with staff recruitment, retention, classifications, compensation and benefit administration, just to name a few HR duties.

“We look forward to welcoming Ms. Brame to our Pender County staff,” said Moser.

Tax office will be closed Friday, July 29

The Pender County Tax Collections Office, located at 300 E. Fremont St. in Burgaw, will be closed Friday, July 29, to all walk-ins.

Assessment staff will be available on-site to answer basic questions. Items requiring lookup and/or complex collection items will be recorded and contacted on Monday.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Get your free At-Home COVID test kits from Pender County Health

Pender County Health Department Provides at-Home COVID-19 Test at No Charge

 

Pender County Health Department is currently offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits.  Test kits are available for pickup with a limit of four per person.  Visit either of our locations:

  • Pender County Health Department- 803 S. Walker Street, Burgaw
  • Hampstead Annex- 15060 NC Hwy 17, Hampstead
  • Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while supplies last.

At-home COVID-19 test kits help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by providing you with results in minutes.

 

When to use your at-home testing kits:

  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • You were exposed to someone with COVID-19. NOTE:  Test at least 5 days after close contact.  The last day of contact is Day 0.
  • You are not up-to date for COVID-19 vaccinations
  • You are going to an indoor event, gathering, or traveling
  • You were asked by your school, workplace, or health care provider to test.

 

If your test is Positive:

  • You are encouraged to report the result to your health care provider or to the health department.
  • You should follow CDC Isolation Guidelines cdc.gov Quarantine and Isolation
  • Seek medical care immediately if symptoms worsen or you have trouble breathing.

 

Resources for COVID-19 at-home test kits:

 

Questions?   Contact Pender County Health Department at 1-910-259-1230

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