Burning ban lifted June 2, 5 p.m.

The Pender County Fire Marshal announced the lifting of the County burning ban effective today, June 2,

Effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, 2021 the Pender County Fire Marshal Office has lifted a ban on all open
burning for Pender. The burn ban went into effect May 24 due to hazardous forest fire conditions in the
county. Recent rainfall the county has decreased the fire danger threat in the county. We are forecasted to
receive more rain over the next few days. Residents should burn responsibly if they choose to burn.
Before burning, make sure you have should obtain a permit from the NCFS if you are more than 100 ft from a
resident. Check the weather before burning and never leave a fire unattended.

Fire officials recommend that anyone burning have resources immediately available to control their fire. Those
resources include water hoses, buckets of water, and hand tools. Should a fire become out of control,
individuals need to immediately contact the local fire department for assistance by calling 911.

The lifting of the burning ban will allow for individuals to utilize open burning for the disposal of vegetative debris
that has been generated on their property. This includes items such as leaves, straw, lawn clippings,
shrubbery clippings, and sticks and branches. Garbage, lumber, building materials, and rubber are never
allowed to be burned. These items must be disposed of at solid waste convenience sites located throughout
the county.

Persons needing more information about open burning regulations in Pender County can contact the Pender
County Fire Marshal at 910-259-1210 or the Pender County Headquarters for the NC Division of Forest
Resources at 910-259-7251.

Applicant withdraws US Highway 17 parcel project

The Pender County Planning Board was scheduled to conduct a public hearing at the Hampstead Annex tonight, June 1, at 7 p.m. regarding a Conditional Zoning Map Amendment for one parcel along US Highway 17 south of Topsail Montessori School.

Earlier today, the applicant withdrew the project from consideration.

The Planning Board will convene for a regularly scheduled work session at 6 p.m. and the regular agenda at 7 p.m., however, no public hearing will be held regarding the project along US Highway 17, south of Topsail Montessori School.

RFQ for Architectural Services for Pender County Law Enforcement Center and Jail – New Construction

Pender County is soliciting qualifications statements from architectural firms (hereinafter “Firm”) for contract services related to design and construction services including schematic design, design development, construction documents, prequalification of contractors, bid document preparation, bid services, USDA funding compliance and coordination, and construction administration services associated with the construction of a new law enforcement center and jail complex in Burgaw, NC.

Statements of Qualifications will be accepted up to but no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday July 1, 2021. No submission will be considered if received after this deadline has expired.

To download a complete copy of the submittal instructions and background information packet for the project, click here for RFQ # 210526-126.

The full feasibility study referenced in the RFQ can be found here.

Questions should be directed to Chad McEwen, County Manager, at cmcewen@pendercountync.gov and must be received by 12 noon on June 16, 2021.

Pender County reserves the right to reject any and all submittals.

Lingering smoke near Hampstead

Smoke expected along Highway17 near Hampstead Sunday night, possibly lingering for several days

HAMPSTEAD – There is potential for hazardous road conditions Sunday night and possibly for the next several days due to smoke from the Lea Crest Fire near Hampstead. Smoke is expected to settle at ground level after dark and will likely remain until after the sun and temperatures rise tomorrow morning. The area of concern is along Highway 17 between Highway 210 and Country Club Drive. Communities in the area should expect to see and smell smoke in the air.

All citizens are urged to avoid this area if possible or allow extra time and use caution if travel is necessary.

Pender County issues Burning Ban

BURGAW- Pender County Fire Marshal’s Office has issued a Burning Ban effected on Monday, May 24, at noon. This is a result of extreme dry conditions across the area.

“Pender County has seen a rise in the number of outside fires that are requiring extensive manpower and equipment for containment,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Manager. “The area has received little, to no rainfall in the past few weeks. Additionally, the forecasted highs this week in are expected in the 90’s with no rain in sight.”

During the past two weeks as warmer, drier weather patterns have continued across southeastern North Carolina the fire danger has grown higher, and in some cases extreme, especially in the coastal counties.  The chance for stronger winds and very low humidity does not help for fire control operations.

The citizens of Pender County are urged to do everything possible to minimize the risk of fire during this period.

This restriction shall extend outward from all residential structures 100 feet.  This proclamation does not prohibit outdoor charcoal or gas grills provided precautions are taken to prevent fire from escaping those appliances.

According to the North Carolina Forestry Service, under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of new permits is suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $180 court costs.


Water and fire safety urged for Pender County residents

BURGAW – Technically it is still spring, but this week, summer weather will arrive in Southeastern North Carolina.
“We are currently in a slight drought period,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Manager. “At this time, we urge two things – conserve water and be cautious when practicing outside burning.”
Sitting around a fire pit is fun, but residents are urged to make sure fires are completely extinguished.
“Never leave a fire unattended,” said Batson. “In drought conditions, sparks can easily lead to wildfires. Douse the embers with water before walking away from an outdoor wood fire.”
Water conservation is the next concern during a drought.
“We urge the public to conserve water wisely,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities Director. “By utilizing small practices, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving and repairing leaking faucets, you can reduce water usage.”
According to The Water Project, lawns and gardens require only .02 inches of water per day during warm weather.
“Water lawns every three to five days rather than for short periods every day,” he suggested. “Never overwater. This damages plants and our soils do not store extra water.”
Keel said for additional conservation tips, visit the county’s website at https://www.pendercountync.gov/utl/water-conservation-tips/.
“We urge our residents to enjoy the natural resources in Pender County,” said Batson. “Practice fire prevention and water conservation throughout the year, but especially in periods of drought.”

Opinions wanted on Collector Street Plan

As part of ongoing efforts to update the Pender County Collector Street Plan, the County is again seeking input from the community on the draft recommendations found in the link below. The draft is based on previous public input received earlier in the process. Feedback on these draft recommendations will be taken into account before the development of a final draft Plan.

“The future success of this vital planning tool is dependent upon input received from the community,” said Travis Henley, Pender County Planning and Community Development Director.

The link below includes both the draft recommendations as well as a few survey questions designed to capture residents’ opinions on those recommendations.


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COVID-19 vaccination appointments are NOW being accepted for everyone 12 years and older. Schedule your appointment in Burgaw or Hampstead. (Moderna vaccine is only approved for age 18 and up.)