South Carolina Wildfires Hit Myrtle Beach, Get Out of Control

April 23, 2009 / 2 Comments

Because of low humidity and high winds forecasts, wildfires on the coastal region of South Carolina have gotten out of control on Thursday and headed for Myrtle Beach (and the state’s biggest tourist destinations) where they destroyed 40 homes and forced more than 2,500 people to evacuate.

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Smoke Caused by Myrtle Beach Fires

The governor declared a state of emergency for the county.

So far no injuries have been reported, but with fires gone wild more than 100 firefighters are digging trenches with bulldozers to create firebreaks that will limit the spread. “I seriously doubt we’ll have it contained before the weekend,” says Russell Hubright, spokesman for the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

The worse fire on records when you consider the number of houses that burned— first reports talk about 40 homes, there are also environmental and probably tourism implications. Because by early Thursday morning more than 15,000 acres with dense vegetation have been charred.

I do agree that weather is unpredictable, but isn’t there anything we can do protect from wildfires? Maybe we should start being more responsible … don’t you think?