More evacuations for Horry County wildfire
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:38:03 GMT —
(Updated: 8:03am Thursday)
Here is the most up to date information about roads, shelters, evacuations, and damage on the Horry Wildfire.
Highway 90 is reopened as of 7:30 Thursday morning.
Highway 31 remains closed from Grissom Parkway to Highway 9.
Highway 22 is closed from Highway 17 to Highway 90.
The wildfire in Horry County has moved north and threatened homes in the Barefoot Resort area. People Highway 22 to the Main Street connector which includes all of Barefoot Resort have been ordered to evacuate.
North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley will hold a news conference at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. We will carry the news conference live on NewsChannel 15.
Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman Todd Cartner says the fire is burning heavily between Highway 31 and the Intracoastal Waterway and between Highway 22 and Long Bay Road.
We are told as many as 40 homes have been burned.
The South Carolina Foresty Commission says at their last estimate as of midnight, the fire had burned 7,000 to 8,000 acres.
Horry County will activate their Emergency Operations Center at 8am. Citizens can call Horry County Emergency Management at 915-5150 for updated information.
Shelter information updated:
The Red Cross is operating shelters at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatics & Fitness Center, and the House of Blues.
Two other shelters are also open at North Myrtle Beach City Hall and Barefoot Community Church.
The shelter that opened Wednesday at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church in Conway has now closed.
If you go to a shelter, bring your own pillows and blankets, medications, and personal items.
You are not allowed to bring weapons or alcohol to the shelter.
Arrangements are being made with Horry County Humane Society to bring in a mobile trailer with individual cages to house pets at the Red Cross shelters.
As of 7:00 a.m., there were approximately 200 people registered in the shelter at the Aquatics Center and 26 at the House of Blues with dozens more milling around in the parking lot area.
If other evacuations are needed, Horry County Fire Rescue will use its dispatch system to call people in the affected area. They will also send police officers and firefighters into the neighborhoods to ask people to leave.
Those living Woodlawn Drive, Galloway Drive and Serenity Drive (road located in Glenmore Subdivision) off of Highway 90, were evacuated Wednesday, but those folks were all allowed home Wednesday night. Residents in the fire area should be aware of the danger of the heavy smoke to people with breathing conditions or health problems.
Thursday night, the fire jumped Highway 31 and moved towards the Grande Dunes area, but no homes were damaged. Minor damage was reported to a berm on one hole of one of the golf courses, but all courses are open for play on Thursday.
A spokesman with the Brandon Agency, who represents Grande Dunes sent out a statement regarding the fire.
"Just wanted to provide an update about the fire as there are a lot of rumors flying around out there. We just spoke with Grande Dunes representatives who reported that neither The Members Club nor The Resort Club were affected by the fire. Both courses will be open for play tomorrow morning, as normal," said Cheryl Harden, in a news release.
The call first came in at 12:01 pm as a brush fire in the Woodlawn Subdivision.
At 3:30pm, they activated the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Team, which means firefighters from throughout the state will be sent for additional manpower.
Stay with www.CarolinaLive.com for more details. We'll also have live cutins at the top of every hour with the latest information on the fire.