A fire that burned hundreds of acres in the Grand Strand last week is believed to have been manmade.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission says investigators found scorch marks where the “Hornet” Fire began, indicating that some kind of incendiary device started the flame. Agency spokesman Scott Hawkins said that means anything from a cigarette lighter to fireworks could have caused the wildfire, “We don’t know and may never know who did it.”
The fire started July 3, but Hawkins said investigators do not think it was caused by fireworks because they did not find any debris, “Generally, fire moves away from the point of origin, so you’ll find some materials there. They did not find anything but the burn marks.”
The wildfire started near the Avalon community in the Carolina Forest area. Hawkins said no evidence has been found suggesting that a nearby resident caused the fire.
The Hornet Fire covered more than 800 acres before it was contained Sunday. However, about 515 acres were purposely burned by firefighters as a way to slow down the flames. No one was hurt by the blaze, although at least one firefighter was injured while operating machinery. No structures were damaged.