South Carolina wildfire continues to spread

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- State officials say an Horry (oh-REE) County wildfire has broken through containment lines and continues to spread.

South Carolina Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins says the fire burning near Carolina Forest threatened no homes but remained uncontained Saturday.

Hawkins says firefighters worked overnight Friday to burn trees and other vegetation before the fire reached them. Authorities say the fire is in an area rich with flammable vegetation that can even burn underground.

On Saturday, a State Law Enforcement Division helicopter is flying over the area to scope out hot spots where the fire may jump a break intended to keep it in check.

Investigators say fireworks started the fire July 3. At least 1,000 acres have burned.

A burning ban is in effect in Horry, Georgetown and Marion Counties.

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