· 15,000 acres have been consumed
· 40 homes have been destroyed
· 100 homes have been damaged
· 2,500 citizens have been evacuated
· 250 citizens are currently in shelters
I live about 30 minutes from the beach. There's a city beside it and a fire was near it and the smoke could be seen from my house. Maybe the same one.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford has declared a state of emergency for the South Carolina county where a fire has burned thousands of acres near one of the state's busiest tourist areas. Sanford on Thursday ordered the state of emergency for Horry County, where he said the blaze has consumed 15,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. Earlier estimates by the South Carolina Forestry Commission said more than 8,000 acres had burned. No injuries have been reported. About 2,500 people have been evacuated, mostly in the Barefoot Landing area near North Myrtle Beach. There are three shelters set up in the area, housing a total of about 250 people. Sanford said the fire is continuing to spread and more people may be affected.