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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

South Strand largely unaffected by Myrtle Beach wildfires

While the Myrtle Beach area is certainly no stranger to the national news, the events of the past week have seen a dramatic increase in coverage. With South Carolina's worst wildfires in 30 years still smoldering on the north end of the beach, dramatic images and footage have been beamed around the world, leading many to wonder if there was a beach left. The tragedy is very real for the many families left homeless by the fires, but I think we can consider ourselves fortunate that no lives were lost and no serious injuries were sustained by anyone in the fire's path. Credit is certainly due to the brave firefighters that risked their lives to contain the blaze, and to the law enforcement officers that successfully evacuated the vast majority of resident from harm's way.

While we followed the events closely from the South Strand, Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach were both fortunate to have been miles away from the worst areas, and actually have seen little or no direct impact as a result. Aside from a few north-end golf courses, it would appear that the entire Grand Strand is back up and running and ready for the summer season.

Local media outlets, including The Sun News, WPDE, WBTW and WMBF have all done an excellent job covering the fires, and most of their photos and footage can still be seen online. In addition, the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been on the scene since Day 1 with support for victims and firefighters.

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South Strand largely unaffected by Myrtle Beach wildfires

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

While the Myrtle Beach area is certainly no stranger to the national news, the events of the past week have seen a dramatic increase in coverage. With South Carolina's worst wildfires in 30 years still smoldering on the north end of the beach, dramatic images and footage have been beamed around the world, leading many to wonder if there was a beach left. The tragedy is very real for the many families left homeless by the fires, but I think we can consider ourselves fortunate that no lives were lost and no serious injuries were sustained by anyone in the fire's path. Credit is certainly due to the brave firefighters that risked their lives to contain the blaze, and to the law enforcement officers that successfully evacuated the vast majority of resident from harm's way.

While we followed the events closely from the South Strand, Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach were both fortunate to have been miles away from the worst areas, and actually have seen little or no direct impact as a result. Aside from a few north-end golf courses, it would appear that the entire Grand Strand is back up and running and ready for the summer season.

Local media outlets, including The Sun News, WPDE, WBTW and WMBF have all done an excellent job covering the fires, and most of their photos and footage can still be seen online. In addition, the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been on the scene since Day 1 with support for victims and firefighters.

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