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Hurricane Matthew debris contributing to fire risk in Georgetown Co.

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Warmer temperatures and foliage drops are contributing to a greater risk of wildfire in Georgetown County.

Midway Fire Rescue says the dry leaves, combined with debris left behind after October’s Hurricane Matthew, are increasing the chances of a wildfire.

The department suggests removing leaves from your house’s roof and gutters, and raking them at least three feet away from the foundation.  Also, refrain from using highly combustible mulches, like pine straw, in your yard.  Finally, dispose of any broken branches at disposal sites.

Midway Fire Rescue Chief Doug Eggiman said the department has responded to several structure fires in the past week.

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