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Awful wildfire Still burns out of control in Horry South Carolina

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An Awful wildfire Still burns out of control & it has consumed more than 19,600 acres of land across Horry County in the last 24 hours.

Officials say the fire Started in Conway Near the Woodlawn subdivision on Highway 90 and spread towards North Myrtle Beach Wednesday night through Thursday morning. officials say 40 percent is contained and that it has destroyed 69 homes and damaged 100 others as of Thursday evening.

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Roads closed

  • Hwy 31 is closed from the Grissom Parkway to Hwy 9
  • Hwy 22 is closed from Hwy 90 into Myrtle Beach
  • Hwy 17 is open, however citizens are advised to be wary of thick smoke
  • Highway 90 from East Cox Ferry Road north to Tilly Swamp Church is closed
  • As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the following roads were closed:

    S.C. 90 from Lee’s Landing to Tilly Swamp Church

    S.C. 31 from S.C. 22 to Robert M. Grissom Parkway.

    S.C. 22 from S.C. 90 to U.S. 17 Bypass.

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These are area closures/changes. If you have another closures, e-mail us.

>> The Intracoastal Waterway is closed today between the U.S. 501 bridge and Little River swing bridge

>> Due to the fires, Santee Cooper board meeting location has been changed to Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. Friday.

>> The following schools will be closed Friday: North Myrtle Beach High, North Myrtle Beach Middle, North Myrtle Beach Primary, North Myrtle Beach Elementary, North Myrtle Beach Intermediate, Carolina Forest Elementary, Waccamaw Elementary, Black Water Middle and Carolina Forest High School, North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy.

>> North Myrtle Beach athletic director Joe Quigley said that all of the school’s athletic events through the weekend have been canceled.

>> The Shoreline Change Discussion Forum scheduled for Friday at Coastal Carolina University’s Center for Marine and Wetland Studies has been canceled

>> The House of Blues has canceled the Blue October concert slated for Friday and has postponed Saturday’s George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic show.

  • 69 homes destroyed, 100 damaged
  • 2,500 people evacuated
  • 3 schools evacuated due to heavy smoke
  • 450 people in shelters
  • 75 firefighters from SC Forestry Commission on scene
  • Intracoastal Waterway closed in the area
  • 4 Blackhawk helicopters with bambi buckets have been requested from NC
  • The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is assisting long-term housing for displaced families
  • The State EOC is at OPCON 2
  • SCE&G has teams in place to terminate gas service if needed in threatened areas
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    Midnight update from

    By Graeme Moore

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 12:26 a.m.

    Heavy fire continues in three different sections of interior Horry County, according to the S.C. Forestry Commission.

    The first is near the fire’s origin in the Woodlawn subdivision off Highway 90. Guy Sabin with Forestry said points just north and east of Woodlawn Drive have flared up. That’s on the west side of Highway 90 heading toward International Drive.

    The second area is along the immediate western corridor of Highway 31 between Grissom Parkway and extending to Highway 22.

    The third area, which Sabin said is of most concern, is the Long Bay Road area — just north and east of Barefoot Resort. Sabin said homes surround the fire, but fire breaks have been dug around portions of the fire.

    The S.C. Forestry Commission and area firefighters are positioned throughout the areas of concern and will go door to door should the fires warrant additional evacuations”

    Map released of areas damaged in Barefoot Resort Here’s what each of the colors mean:

    • Red – Total Loss
    • Orange – Not Livable
    • Green and Orange mixed – Liveable with immediate repair required
    • Green – Liveable
    • White – No Damage

    Click here to see the map it is in PDF. format.


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    Other News

    DHEC issues warning about dangers of smoke

    Published: April 23, 2009

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on Thursday issued an alert about the respiratory effects of smoke from the Horry County wildfires.

    “Many people might be out of the path of the fire, but still be affected by the smoke from it,” said Dr. Jerry Gibson, chief of the Bureau of Disease Control. “Small particles found in wildfire smoke can create breathing difficulties, especially for children, elderly people, people with asthma or other respiratory or heart problems, and people who work or exercise outdoors.

    “If you develop symptoms of lung or heart problems, including severe coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pain, or increased heart rate (heart palpitations), safely leave the area and consult a health care provider as soon as possible,” Dr. Gibson said. “People who have not been evacuated should monitor the smoke carefully, stay indoors and reduce the exertion level for themselves and their children.“

    Recommendations for people with chronic lung and heart diseases:

    · If you are experiencing symptoms from the wildfire smoke, leave the area.

    · Have an adequate supply of medication in case of evacuation, including any rescue medications you need.

    · People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan.

    · People with heart disease should check with their health care providers about special precautions to take.

    · Contact a health care provider if your condition worsens when you are exposed to smoke.

    Recommendations for everyone:

    · Use common sense. Stay indoors and reduce activities for yourself and your children if it looks smoky outside. Bring your pets indoors if possible.

    · If you are advised to stay indoors, take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. If you have air conditioning, run it if it is not bringing in smoke or unfiltered air from the outside. If you have a wall or window unit, set it to recirculate, rather than pulling in air from the outside.

    · If you do not have an air conditioner, staying indoors with the windows closed may be dangerous in hot weather, In that case, consider seeking shelter.

    · If you must go outside in the smoky area, hold a wet towel in front of your face. You would not be fully protected by wearing a dust mask.

    · If you are driving through smoky areas, keep your windows closed and your car’s air conditioner on recirculate, instead of bringing in outdoor air.


    HTC Company Release

    Published: April 23, 2009

    CONWAY – In response to the blazing wildfires sweeping across eastern Horry County, HTC deployed the HTC COW—also known as Cellsite On Wheels—a trailer that is used to house the transmitting/receiving equipment necessary to provide wireless service on a temporary or event driven basis. The COW was deployed to assist with the increased cellular phone demand created by the fire and emergency services personnel off of Highway 90.

    “The COW provides service similar to that provided by our network of permanent towers,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. “Like the permanent HTC network, the COW is 3G capable providing voice and high speed data services. Emergency operations staff members can access wireless Internet, download files, and email remotely.”

    As firefighters and other utility crews battle the fires off of Highway 90, HTC crews are working to maintain service. The HTC office at Barefoot Commons in North Myrtle Beach is currently open and responding to customer needs. HTC customers who have lost their homes due to the wildfires can contact an HTC Customer Service Representative at 365-2154.



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