It's been four years since the wildfire that destroyed 76 homes in Barefoot Resort, damaged another 97, and scorched nearly 20,000 acres. There was more than $50 million in total damages in the Horry County fire that took almost a month for fire crews to control.
Around 12:22 p.m. April 22, 2009, theSouth Carolina Forestry Commissionresponded to a two acre woods fire on Woodland Drive. By 1 p.m., the Forestry Commission aircraft pilot saw approximately 150 acres burning.
By the next day, the fire had spread to North Myrtle Beach and destroyed a neighborhood.
"When we came back in, I couldn't believe it," said Barefoot Resort resident, Martha Green. "My house was sitting here and my son's was completely gone."
Now the residents of the Barefoot community have become much more Firewise.
The Homeowners Association had required pine straw in front of all of the homes before the fire, now they require stone or mulch.
"There's mulch now in front of the house, and I don't think it would burn like the pine straw did," said Green.