A slow-burning woods fire that consumed about 1.5 acres in rural Richland County is not threatening homes as of about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a fire official said.
But firefighters are having trouble getting close enough to mount a strong attack and a state Forestry Commission tractor plow has been summoned to cut fire breaks, said Columbia interim assistant chief Jamie Helms.
The fire on Thomas McKenzie Lane, off U.S. 378 near the Wateree River and north of the town of Eastover, was reported about 2:55 p.m. By 3:45, 13 firefighters were on the scene, Helms said.
“At this point there is no structure threatened,” he said, adding he had no idea what caused the fire.
Helms characterized the fire as small, but noted that the wind can quickly inflame a woods fire.