Rain Could Hinder Work On Pender Co. Fire Lines

Fire officials say 19 homes have been evacuated from a wildfire that has moved from Sampson County into Pender County.

Officials say the evacuations were necessary after the fire broke through containment lines over the weekend. The fire has burned about 700 acres.

In eastern Pender County, a fire in the Holly Shelter Game Lands that started June 19 has burned more than 21,000 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Several area businesses donated meals and supplies to firefighters working over the weekend.

Authorities say scattered showers Monday and Tuesday could help dampen the Pender fires, but may interfere with a planned burn intended to halt the blaze near Holly Ridge before it reaches US Highway 17.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    4th of July = fireworks. No exceptions.
  • by Fireworks ban on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    There needs to be a ban on amateur fireworks with how dry it is. It'd be nice if people would use common sense, but it's not too common, unfortunately. Keep up the good work, firemen, and thank you fo your service and sacrifices.
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      by ForMyCountry on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to Fireworks ban
      This is the only day that kids can have fun with fireworks. NO! There should not be a ban. Parents should pay close attention to their children while they are playing with fireworks.
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        by Proud to be American on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM in reply to ForMyCountry
        Are you nutz? There numerous wildfires in E. NC because of the severe drought conditions and you're complaining because you can't shoot off your fireworks? Jeesh...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    And there will be more fires breaking out if they don't stop the sale of all these fireworks. Do you really think the kids/adults setting off the fireworks are going to care where the sparks land? Towns and citys also need to cancell fireworks displays for safety reason.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    As dry as it is, let it rain! Fires are breaking out all over the place. Next, it'll be the hurricanes and too much rain most likely.
  • by ohh yes on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    it is if you want to backburn.
  • by anon on Jun 27, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    seriously!!! Rain is what you need.
  • by Oh No on Jun 27, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    Yes, rain is such a bad thing for forest fires.
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      by Firefighter on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to Oh No
      Unless you know what you are talking about, don't say something stupid. 'ohh yes' is exactly right. There are methods to prevent the spreading of fire and rain would hinder it.

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