By Scott Hawkins, Public Information Dir.

FORESTRY COMMISSION CREWS BATTLING WILDFIRES STATEWIDE

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2008, 5:30 pm

(Columbia) As of the 4:00 pm hour today, the
South Carolina Forestry Commission?s crews have
responded to approximately 91 wildfires statewide.
Most fires are minor in size and threat however
a few are several hundred acres in size.

Significant events today include a fire on Hwy. 701
in Horry Co. which has damaged or destroyed ten homes,
is 250 acres in size and at this hour is attempting to
?jump? Hwy. 701. SCFC crews are on scene in full force
with about a dozen personnel and ten tractor plows, the
primary method for fighting wildland fires.

A fire near the intersection of Harold Dr. and Powell Rd.
in Georgetown Co., SC is currently 300 acres in size with
a potential of reaching 1,000 acres.

In Spartanburg Co. where Hwy 29 merges with Hwy 85, fire
is threatening a subdivision. This wildfire is
approximately 60 acres in size. SCFC crews are
currently assisted by 50 people from surrounding
fire departments. No homes have been lost as of
this moment.

In Richland Co. in the Lake Carolina residential
area, apparently a carelessly tossed cigarette
sparked a wildland fire totaling about five acres
in size. On Kelly Mill Rd., a debris burn destroyed
a $30,000 storage building/workshop and a pickup truck.

High winds, low humidity and on-going drought conditions
have fueled this state?s wildfire hazard this weekend.
Firefighters and dispatchers with the South Carolina
Forestry Commission are working around the clock to
keep ahead of these fire outbreaks. This state is in
the midst of its wildfire season. While outdoor burning
is not currently banned, current weather conditions may
make your burn more difficult to control.

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