Wildfire rages in Busy Tourist Area of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

April 23, 2009

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (ChattahBox) — A fast-moving wildfire whipped by high winds has burned fifteen thousand acres and 70 homes so far in Horry County, that started on Wednesday north of Conway and burned into North Myrtle Beach early Thursday¬† morning.¬† Police banged on doors to awaken residents as the fire headed toward one of the busiest tourist stretches in South Carolina, the Barefoot Landing development, a sprawling complex of houses, condominiums and golf courses separated from the main route through Myrtle Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway.

S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford has declared a state of emergency in Horry County, and officials said the main fire was only 25 percent controlled. A cause for the fire, which started in a wooded area west of the beach, had not been determined.  No break weather wise seems insight as forecasters say winds, which became light overnight, could strengthen again at midday, and no rain is forecast for a week.


One Response to “Wildfire rages in Busy Tourist Area of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina”

  1. Cally on April 23rd, 2009 12:05 pm

    FIRE: Video searches to help identify damaged homes
    Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC
    Video searches will be conducted today at Barefoot Resort to help residents learn if their homes were damaged or destroyed by fire overnight, according to North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley. Officials are trying to determine how they will let …
    The video from the scene:
    Myrtle Beach Fires

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