One month after Windsor Green fire, efforts begin to prevent wildfires

Published: Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:23 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Forestry Commission says many people don't realize the very real threat of wildfires. The threat is greater in this area than anywhere else in the state.

"We all want to live in the woods or next to the woods," said Scott Hawkins with the South Carolina Forestry Commission. "But we have to be prepared for when the woods turn against us, when they're on fire."

Just yesterday, we saw a brush fire get out of control in Socastee. The fire was on Cedar Lane near Highway 544 - the flames damaged a storage building, and even threatened homes nearby. Situations like this happen more often than you think, especially during this part of the year.

On Thursday night, representatives with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, The Red Cross, insurance companies and Home Depot will come together to make sure you know everything you can to protect yourself in these situations. It can be as simple as the landscaping around your home, or how flammable the things are they are right next to you. WMBF News will have plenty of experts under one roof to clear everything up.

Joshua Rickman, who lost it all in the Windsor Green fire, said events like this should happen in the community.

"You don't think about something like that," said Rickman. "It's just not something that comes up in your mind.  And I'm really happy to see people coming together and making everybody aware of where if something does happen, it can either be stopped, or prevented completely."

The "Protect My House" Town Hall will be at the Beach Church in Myrtle Beach starting at 7 p.m. It's important that people in the area come out, because there will be a chance to get all the information you need to protect your home and ask questions.

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