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Red Flag Alert Lifted For South Carolina

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March 18 Update


CAROLINA FOREST, S.C. (AP) - The state forestry commission has lifted the red flag fire alert that been issued for all of South Carolina.

Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins says rain, higher relative humidity, cooler temperatures and a drop in winds prompted the decision Monday to lift the alert.

A burning ban remains in effect in Horry County.

Gov. Nikki Haley and state and local emergency preparedness officials on Monday afternoon planned to brief reporters on the fire at Windsor Green in Carolina Forest. The fire destroyed two dozen buildings in the condominium development Saturday night.

The forestry commission continues to investigate the cause of the fire, which destroyed more than 100 units. Officials say some of the condos were used as vacation homes and were not occupied.

Gov. Nikki Haley, emergency responders to brief media on Carolina Forest wildfire

Governor Nikki Haley and emergency responders will brief media on emergency response operations after the wildfire at Windsor Green of Carolina Forest TODAY, Monday, March 18, at 2:45 PM.

Representatives from local and state emergency response organizations including Randy Webster, Director of Horry County Emergency Management, Kim Stenson, Interim Director of South Carolina's Emergency Management Division, Horry County Fire/Rescue, the State Fire Marshall's Office and the South Carolina Forestry Commission will join the governor.  

March 17

Authorities say investigators with the S.C. Forestry Commission are at the scene of the blaze that destroyed dozens of buildings in Carolina Forest.

Forestry Service spokesman Scott Hawkins tells the Sun News of Myrtle Beach the investigators will try to find where and how the original grass and woods fire began.

The blaze at Windsor Green in Carolina Forest torched dozens of buildings Saturday night as winds and low humidity fed the fire.

No injuries had been reported by Sunday.

Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier told WBTW that it was a very emotional scene at the Red Cross shelter as people learned they lost their homes and numerous pets.

Hawkins reminds residents that the Red Flag warning remains in effect, meaning weather conditions contribute to an elevated fire danger level.

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