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Spring Break Scorcher

23rd Apr 2009 posted in Disaster Behavior

Wildfires near Myrtle Beach are putting quite the damper on spring break.  In what could be the worst wildfire to South Carolina since 1976, 2,500 people in a four-mile stretch have been ordered to evacuate.  Despite hundreds of firefighters working to get the blaze under control, officials fear they won’t have the fire contained by the weekend. The fire’s cause remains unknown, and MSNBC reports today that countless homes and golf courses sit in areas prone to wildfires.  We won’t know the extent of the damage until the worst has passed, but you have to wonder if shocked locals will examine future development with today’s wildfires in mind.