Fire Contained in Pender County

Courtesy: Adam Johnston
Courtesy: Adam Johnston

PENDER COUNTY -- The wildfire that ripped through the Scotts Hill and Hampstead areas Monday, destroying 1,100 acres, is now contained, but it is still a threat to parts of Pender County.

Officials say five hot spots are still burning in areas near Highway 210, where the majority of the fire damage occurred.

Tuesday, officials say the afternoon winds were the biggest concern, but none of those hot spots have flared up. Officials just had a briefing and they say even though the flames aren't spreading, their job is far from done.

The fast-moving fire began at about 1:37 p.m. Monday in the 8000 block of Sidbury Road when a controlled burn jumped over barriers and spread into the woods, officials said.

All fire departments in the county responded to fight the fire, and a federal air tanker came in to dump 3,000 gallons of water on the flames. There are no confirmed reports of any houses damaged or anyone hurt, though some junk piles and abandoned cars did burn.

Pender County Commissioners declared the area a state of local emergency.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer and Kim Gebbia