PENDER COUNTY — It looks like taxpayers are going to shell out the thousands of dollars it cost to put out a Pender County brush fire started by two men.
The Division of Forest resources says they will not pursue reimbursement from George Dale and James Kye.
The men are charged with a class-three misdemeanor for the April 23 fire.
Investigators say the men had a burn permit and the fire was started accidentally.
The total cost to battle the Sidbury Road and Highway 17 near Buckshot Road brushfires is about $300,000.