Fire crews prepare for the start of fire season

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - This weekend several brush fires kept firefighters busy and now as drier weather approaches, it could be a more common sight. Brush fires often spread faster when the weather remains dry and high winds move the fire along.

"Brush fires can get out of hand quickly, if you're near a woodline" said Brian Kyzer, a Conway firefighter. "It can get in the underbrush, in that woodline and take off" he said.

South Carolina state law requires people who want to burn yard debris or leaves to call them and let them know about burning plans.

"If it's {the fire} in your backyard, close to a residence...have a hose nearby you can use if it starts to get away from you" said Lt. Nathan Nelson of the Conway Fire Department.

In April, Horry County will mark the one year anniversary of the largest wildfire in the palmetto state's history. Firefighters tell WMBF News that the most important thing people can do is to remain vigilant of any fire in your area and have a plan in place if something were to spread quickly.

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