South Carolina

Fire continuing to grow near Myrtle Beach

cboschult@thesunnews.com

A fire burning near the Carolina Forest area started around 12:45 a.m. Friday, according to Battalion Chief Frederick Deangelis with the Horry County Fire Department.

Officials are uncertain how the fire began, but as of 10 a.m. Friday it was contained to about 50 acres off International Drive.

“Forestry’s in there working,” Deangelis said. “They’ll let us know when they get it under control.”

Crews were using plows Friday morning to cut lines in the ground to prevent the fire from spreading outside of the area. Firefighters weren’t present during that time as officials weren’t sure if trees could possibly fall and cause injuries.

Officials with the South Carolina Forestry Commission also are present.

There was a fire in the area Sunday night, Deangelis said. It was about three acres, and it’s “undetermined” how it began.

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