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Booklet recalls most damaging SC wildfire

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A 56-page book released this week will be marking the one-year anniversary of the end of the Horry County wildfire, according to the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Created by the Forestry Commission in conjunction with the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, the book has documented the fire's history from start to finish. The book includes several quotes from emergency workers who fought the fire from the front lines.

On April 22, 2009, firefighters with Horry County Fire Rescue were dispatched to what began as a two-acre wildfire on Woodlawn Drive off of Highway 90 just before 12:30 p.m. Within 36 hours of its ignition, flames consumed nearly 20,000 acres of land, destroyed 76 homes and damaged an additional 92.

At its peak, the fire consumed more than 1,100 acres per hour with flames approximately 270 feet tall.

More than 150 personnel from the South Carolina Forestry Commission assisted the cooperative effort of 700 other emergency workers from 20 different agencies to contain and extinguish the fire.

The Highway 31 Fire Special Edition history book can be purchased at the American Red Cross' booth during Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days on May 28 at the Grand Park at The Market Common.

The booklet will be available for a donation to the American Red Cross of $5 or more.

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