A rapidly moving fire near the Charleston-Georgetown county line has grown to 400- to 500-acres in size and has the potential to double in size again, authorities said.
South Carolina Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said the blaze has claimed at least two structures and there are reports of downed utility lines in the area. Scanner communications noted reports that fire may have spread as far as Steed Creek Road.
Multiple emergency agency have sent crews to the area to battle the blaze, and authorities have called for a voluntary evacuation in the South Santee/McClellanville area. The evacuation is said to affect a three-mile area. Residents have also been leaving the Germantown community.
Everything weve got, we are throwing at it, Hawkins said.
Radio scanner chatter also indicated officials were concerned about the historic Hampton Plantation that is part of a state park near the fire area. The plantation, on Rutledge Road, about 9 miles north of McClellanville, has been home to several prominent South Carolina families and is an example of how the rice industry once flourished in that part of the state.