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Busy week for firefighters

Posted: February 22, 2011 4:21 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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More than 40 acres burned in the Hermitage Pond Road area.

Approximately 30 of the more than 300 fires statewide this weekend were in Kershaw County, according to Kershaw County Fire Marshal Gene Faulkenberry.

“All the weather factors came into play -- the low humidity, the high winds, the dry conditions,” Faulkenberry said Tuesday. “It was a very busy weekend.”

Most of the fires were attributed to debris­­­­ burning or trees coming down on top of power lines, Faulkenberry said.

The largest fire, started Saturday afternoon by several children playing with a lighter, spread more than 40 acres from Hermitage Pond Road down to near Pine Tree Hill School. Most other fires consumed 10 acres or less, and hadn’t caused significant damage, according to Faulkenberry.

“Fortunately, we have a good crew here in Kershaw County,” Faulkenberry said. “We’ve been coordinating with two or three other stations for most of the calls.”­­­­­

Faulkenberry said he’s hoping for some rain later in the week, and he expects the humidity to increase, weakening the conducive fire conditions. lists a 70 percent chance of rain in Camden for Friday.

The fire conditions aren’t unique to Kershaw County. Lancaster had a weekend fire that spread more than 50 acres, Faulkenberry said.

Tuesday morning, the S.C. Forestry Commission lifted a days-old red flag alert for 14 S.C. counties, according to the commission’s website. A red flag alert is “a wildfire danger warning that cautions that wildfire danger is increasing, and that outdoor burning could become difficult to control,” the commission’s website stated.

“It’s the same all over the region, with the conditions. We’re at the mercy of the weather,” said Faulkenberry.


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