Haze and smoke in Grand Strand caused by Western NC wildfires

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) -According to North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, wildfires burning outside our area are to blame for the haze and lingering smell in the air.

More than 20 wildfires are burning on over 17,000 acres across the Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina. All fires are being investigated for suspected arson.

More than 565 firefighters and support staff from more than 40 states and territories are working to suppress 18 wildland fires to protect people, structures, and infrastructure.

Firefighters say getting smoke in areas a few hundreds of miles away from the wildfires is more common that one would think.  Weather patterns approaching allow the smoke and the smell that comes along with it to travel longer distances. The same phenomena occurred last year when similar conditions brought down smoke from wildfires in Canada.

Officials say there are no active fires in our area, but  the Burn Ban for Horry County is still in effect.