Code Red -Pender County
Code Red-Town of Atkinson
Fire Dept. Services
Residential Smoke Detector- installation and system checks
911 Reflective Address signs (green in color) $15.00 per sign
Pre fire surveys
Home safety inspections
Fire Prevention Materials and Sparky the Fire Dog
Biannual FD BBQ Saturday September 18, 2021 at 4pm
FD meetings every Wednesday night at 7pm
Operated by the Town of
Established in 1964
Fire District consist of Approx. 131 square miles (Second
largest in Pender County)
Fire District in Bladen County that covers 2 miles into
Bladen County from the Pender County line that is included in our six mile ISO fire rate district
(83,840 acres protected)
Contracts with Pender and Bladen Counties & US Dept
of Interior-Moores Creek Battlefield
Provide Mutual Aid to Pender, Sampson, Bladen, and
Operates one Fire Station located in
Staff of 26 Volunteers (1 pending new
Own 8 Fire Apparatus & 1 Support
1 ATV Gator & 1 Cargo
1 Haz Mat/Rehab Trailer
1 Fire Prevention Trailer
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Air Quality
Breathe Don't Burn! Smoke from Outdoor Fires is Unhealthy to Breathe and Pollutes the Air
There are a lot of misunderstandings about outdoor or open burning in North Carolina. Some people think it's OK to burn trash in barreis because they've always done it that way. It's not. Others
think it's always OK to burn leaves and branches in the fall. But that's not so in cities and counties that pick up yard waste.
The N.C. Division of Air Quality enforces the state open burning ruies and many local governments have additional restrictions on outdoor fires. Violating these rules can be expensive -- with fines
as high as $25,000 or more for serious cases or repeat violations. Substantial fines can be assessed, even for minor or first-time violations.
If It Doesn't Grow, Don't Burn It The basic message of the state open-burning rule is simple: Only leaves, branches and other plant growth can be burned – nothing
else. That means no trash, lumber, tires or old newspapers. If local pickup is available, you can't burn even leaves and branches. Do not burn:
• Garbage, paper and cardboard
Tires and other rubber products
Building materials, including lumber and wood scraps
• Wire, plastics and synthetic materials
• Asphalt shingles and heavy oils
• Paints, household and agricultural chemicals
• Buildings, mobile homes and other structures
Anything when the air quality forecast is Code Orange, Red or Purple What is allowed under the law? Homeowners can burn yard trimmings if it's allowed under local oridinances, no public pickup
is available and it doesn't cause a public nuisance. Yard waste must not include logs more than 6 inches in diameter and stumps. Other allowable burning includes campfires, outdoor barbecues and
bonfires for festive occasions. Landowners or contractors also can burn vegetation to clearland or rights-of-way, provided that:
Burning is done on the site of origin.
Prevailing winds are away from built-up areas and roads. If winds are blowing towards public roads, fires must be at least 250 feet away.
Fires are at least 1,000 feet away from occupied buildings.
Burning is done between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and nothing is added outside of these hours.
Other occasions where open burning is allowed - with DAQ approval - include fires for: training firefighting personnel; managing forest lands or wildlife habitats; controlling agricultural diseases
and pests, and disposing of materials generated by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. You may need a permit from the N.C. Division of Forest Resources or local governments before you
burn, even for allowable purposes. However, such permits do not excuse a person from following the DAQ's open-burning rules.
Smoke Can Hurt You and Others Why does the state have such strict rules about open burning? Because smoke and soot from outdoor fires can cause serious health problems and pollute the air. Fires also
can burn out of control, destroying forests and burning down homes. Smoke from a burning trash pile contains many pollutants that can cause serious health problems and damage the environment.
Although smoke from a fire may not bother you, it could be a nuisance and serious health threat for your neighbors, particularly if they have respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema.
Potential health effects include:lung and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, asthma attacks, coughing and even death. For more information on the health effects of pollution from open burning, see
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Web site, www.epa.gov/, and do a word search for "open burning."
Do not burn on “Air Quality Action Days," when forecasts are Code Orange, Red or Purple. For air quality forecasts, go to www.ncair.org or call 1(888)784-6224. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle A lot of open
burning isn't necessary. Brush can be composted, ground up for mulch, piled up for wildlife, or just left to rot. Newspapers can be recycled. Old attic junk can be given away for someone else to
reuse. By making a few sensible choices, you can reduce the amount of throw-away material you create in the first place. The possibilities are endless.
Take a look at what you've decided to burn. Isn't there something else you can do with it? For more information about reducing, reusing or recycling waste, contact the Division of Pollution
Prevention and Environmental Assistance at (919) 715-6500 or www.p2pays.org.
Plan Ahead You don't need a special permit from the Division of Air Quality for allowable fires. However, you may need a permit from your town or local forest ranger. Open burning can be a nuisance,
and local officials may establish.rules to reduce that nuisance. Check with local officials before you burn.
Open burning that is more than 100 feet from your home and within 500 feet of a woodland normally requires a permit from the N.C. Division of Forest Resources. DFR does not charge for permits. If you
want to start an outdoor fire, contact a local forest ranger to find out if and how you can get a permit. You also may contact DFR headquarters at (919) 733-2162 or visit its Web site,
www.dfr.state.nc.us. The DFR is primarily concerned with fire danger, while the DAQ deals with air pollution. Following one agency's regulations does not guarantee compliance with other
The N.C. Division of Air Quality is part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, The DAQ is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of North Carolina's air. For
more information about the division and laws for protecting air quality, visit the DAQ's Web site (www.ncair.org)