Light, thin smoke has lingered in the skies above the Myrtle Beach area for several days this week, and authorities attributed it to two separate wildfires in Georgia and North Carolina, and strong winds pushing smoke into the Grand Strand.
Both blazes continued to burn Thursday and light smoke continued to be visible in the area, which saw heavy rain later in the day.
The rain came as area firefighters and the S.C. Forestry Commission were battling a wildfire of their own in the Little River area Thursday afternoon.
That brush fire was reported around 3:34 p.m. Thursday, Forestry officials said of the fire at the intersection of Highway 57 N and Highway 111, according to S.C. Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins.
By about 5:45 p.m. Hawkins said the fire was moving slower and burning into a field. No structures were threatened at the time and but the blaze had grown from 20 acres to 35 acres. Thursday’s storm could have affected the fire’s behavior, he said.