The Horry County resident fined for starting the state’s worst wildfire is facing court this week. In April, the worst wildfire South Carolina had ever seen brushed through Horry County land destroying 76 homes and damaging another 100.
The fire was said to have originated from a debris fire coming from Horry County resident Marc Torchi’s backyard. Torchi will appear for a court hearing Wednesday in Conway at a Central Jury Court, which is a magistrate-level court. Torchi is facing charges of up to $732, but he claims he is unfairly being blamed for the fire. He says firefighters responded to his call when he called after his fire went out of control, and, according to Torchi, the firefighters thought they fully distinguished the fire, but did not.