Windy Fire destroys hunt club campground

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MCCLELLANVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A hunt club off Highway 17 and Rutledge Road sustaining some of the worst damage following the 'Windy Fire' of McClellanville. According to State Forestry officials the fire started Wednesday and continued burning until Friday afternoon when officials say it was 100% contained.

"Like a warzone. The magnitude has just been devastating," Big Ocean Hunt Club manager Rick Davis said.

Following the fire manager Rick Davis surveyed the damage with some hunt club members. Most of the equipment lost at the campground belonged to the members.

"There were probably five campers, six utility trailers for hauling equipment, Carmex boxes were burned. We had a lot of generators out there. They're destroyed," Davis said.

Davis estimates the damage to personal property out at the campground to be up to $100,000, and the damage to the timber even more significant.

After surveying the entire 3100 acre club, they estimate the windy fire blew through at least half of the property. Members have been informed of the loss, but some remain hopeful for the future.

"Nature will come back at some point, probably three to four months," Davis said.

The hunt club land is managed by the White Oak Forestry Company.  At this time manager Michael Proveau remains hopeful that a large percentage of the timber out there will survive.

The State Forestry Commission says 16 structures were lost during the fire. It burned through 2600 acres of woodlands. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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