Ticket expected to person responsible for Hwy 544 brush fire

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Forestry investigators say they'll revisit a fire later this week after it burned two acres of land in Horry County, and expect to ticket someone for the incident.

The brush fire broke out Sunday afternoon after a debris burn got out of control at a business along Highway 544.

One man received minor injuries trying to douse the fire and was treated on scene.

Forestry officials haven't ticketed anyone in connection to the blaze, but do expect that to be done later in the week.

Horry County Fire and Rescue units were on the scene of the brush fire Sunday when they requested units from the South Carolina Forestry Commission for assistance.

Scott Hawkins with the South Carolina Forestry Commission confirmed that units requested two plows to assist in battling a brush fire on Highway 544 in the vicinity of Blake Road. Two tractors and a brush truck were dispatched to the scene. Two wardens and one supervisor were on scene Sunday afternoon, Hawkins said.

Justin Gibbins with HCFR Battalion Two told WMBF News that the two acre brush fire was completely contained by Horry County Fire and Rescue.

A tractor requested from the SC Forestry Commission made a precautionary fire line and monitored the area for the next few days, Gibbins said.

Horry County Fire and Rescue was assisted by Murrells Inlet Fire and Rescue.

Authorities warn that right now we're in the most fire-prone time of year, and dry weather this week has forestry officials asking you to think twice before burning debris. Officials agree making stiffer penalties for illegal burning would prevent some dangerous fires.

"It would prevent people from doing it. The more you penalize people for doing things, the more they'll stop," claims Dan Domingo with Horry County.

According to state law, you must first notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission before burning debris.

Authorities say 45 percent of brush and wildfires across the state are started from these types of burns.

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