Firefighters fight blaze in Carolina Forest, extinguish fears

Carolina Forest, SC - CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) – Firefighters from Horry County Fire and Rescue, Conway, and Murrells Inlet, along with officials from the South Carolina Forestry Commission, fought to contain a seven acre brush fire along Legends Road Saturday.

The fire actually started on Friday and was contained by firefighters, but an ember, combined with Saturday's dry and windy conditions, rekindled the blaze. The first call on the fire came in at 3:56 p.m. By 5:30 that evening, firefighters had the fire contained.

Even with the quick efforts by firefighters and the Forestry Commission, people in the area expressed concern that a fire could spread so quickly in the area. This is just the latest of several brush fires this season, and it has many in Carolina Forest on edge.

"I know a couple years ago on [Highway] 31, we had a big fire that got out of control," said Austin Hendrix, who works nearby at Ichiro's Japanese Steakhouse. "There's always a cause for concern."

Austin and his fellow coworkers were not the only people drawn to the plumes of smoke and fire trucks parked down the street. At a nearby Chick-Fil-A, Kourtnee Glover was eating dinner when firefighters converged just a few yards away.

"I'm just sitting here and I see the fire trucks. I didn't really know what was going on." Kourtnee, who had witnessed Friday's fire as well, was surprised to see trucks responding in the same area. She said it definitely gives her cause for concern.

"This area is really close to a lot of travelers and areas where people shop. I hope it doesn't get out of hand."

The location of this latest brush fire is surprisingly close to where the massive 2009 blaze occurred. With its two-year anniversary just a month away, the flames can bring back a lot of bad memories. But even with this latest blaze, people in Carolina Forest are confident that firefighters in Horry County have a good grip on things.

"I think they've got it under control," said Hendrix.

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