Hornet Fire creating smoky skies in Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Hornet Fire near Carolina Forest off of Hwy 501, although 100 percent contained, is creating smoky conditions for much of the Grand Strand Monday morning.

The smoke from the wild fire is creating low visibility for commuters. Much of Myrtle Beach and Conway is limited to five miles of visibility, creating difficult driving conditions.

The fire is in a very confined area of the Grand Strand, but winds are carrying the smoke toward the south. Visibility is not a problem in North Myrtle Beach.

Poor air quality is also a threat as the smoke spreads over Hwy 501 and Ocean Blvd. The smoke is expected to clear out some by late afternoon into early evening on Monday. There is no chance of rain for Monday afternoon, but the extended forecast does show the possibility of isolated showers later in the week.

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