South Carolina wildfire blamed on blaze some thought was out

Firefighters responded twice to a weekend yard fire that South Carolina officials believe rekindled four days later, igniting a massive wildfire that has destroyed 70 homes and continued to char 31 square miles near Myrtle Beach on Friday.

Officials said homes were still being threatened by the flames but late-day winds had yet to cause it to spread farther. No injuries have been reported but damage estimates rose to $16 million for the three-day blaze and were expected to increase.

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2 comments on “South Carolina wildfire blamed on blaze some thought was out

  1. Chris says:

    pretty much what happened in the Oakland Hills fire of 1991….

  2. libraryjim says:

    It never fails that whenever we go camping, there is ALWAYS a group/family/couple a few sites away who are careless with their campfire. Last time one such group started a roaring fire, then got in their cars and took off to go out to dinner!

    People are careless. When you think a fire is out, there is always a good chance there is a smoldering coal hidden somewhere.