South Carolina forestry officials say a wildfire in the Carolina Forest area outside Myrtle Beach is now under control after burning 64 acres of woodland.
State Forestry Commission (SCFC) spokesman Drake Carroll told South Carolina Radio Network that fire crews are continuing to keep the fire in check. “The fire is not completely out per say, because there are still smoldering and hot spots, but no active flames. We’ve had people monitor it,” said Carroll.
No structures were damaged in the fire, which Carroll said occurred in swampy terrain roughly a mile from Ocean Bay Elementary School. The fire was near the intersection of International Drive and Redwolf Trail north of Myrtle Beach proper.
He said the fire’s activity was reduced significantly after the area got more than an inch of rain over the weekend. “Very fortunate to have Mother Nature on our side for once,” Carroll said. “Usually it doesn’t work that way.”
Carroll said more rain in the region this week will most certainly help. “Hopefully work on closing this out relatively quickly.”
Several hot spots remain, mostly on the inside of the fire’s perimeter. Smoke was not impacting the area on Monday.