Horry County firefighters return from battling California wildfires

Horry County firefighters return from battling California wildfires

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Three Horry County firefighters, who joined 17 firefighters from South Carolina to battle a wildfire in northern California, have returned, according to the Horry County Fire Rescue and Wildfire Team.

"We've always had other people come in and this is our department's chance to give back and say listen we've got guys because of the area we live, and we get wildfires, we've got good experience, we'll go ahead and help you out," HCFR and Wildfire Team Captain Tim Rainbolt said.

The 20-member team stayed at Shasta Trinity National Forest for 20 days battling the Fork Complex Fire.

This was following evacuations ordered by a sheriff's department in eastern Oregon because of the wildfire that has destroyed dozens of homes.

The wildfire, which was sparked by lightning on August 12, has burned more than 100 square miles. A large portion of the area burned is in the Malheur National Forest.

Four Horry County firefighters are marked on standby to go back to assist with the fires if they are called.

"In fact, we've got four guys that are marked up right they will probably be getting a call soon to go back out there and help out," Rainbolt said.

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