Horry County controlled burn results in heavy smoke

Photo from Patrick Dowling, North Myrtle Beach PIO

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – According to North Myrtle Beach officials, an active fire set by the SC Forestry Commission is to blame for reports of heavy smoke in the area.

North Myrtle Beach spokesperson Patrick Dowling confirms a fire burning on Edge Road off Highway 90 in the area of Highways 22 and 31 and Watertower Road is a controlled burn being conducted by the SC Forestry Commission.

As of 5:30  p.m., the organization reported they had achieved a good fire break and were packing up. Dowling says though the burn was performed outside city limits, North Myrtle Beach fire crews will be monitoring the burn site this evening “out of an abundance of caution.”

According to the SC Forestry Commission’s Facebook page, the organization has been conducting other controlled burns this week. Monday, crews were working on a 10-acre prescribed burn in Harbison State Forest behind in Richland County.