This page explains what actions to take if you receive a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.
Wildfires are fairly common in Horry County.
Areas of forestland located in the County consists of overgrown and unmitigated fuels that are considered to be extremely flammable. Lots of these volatile fuels are located near the Carolina Forest area and are referred to as “Carolina Bays.”
Wildfires can start any time of year; however, winds during the spring months may contribute to the spread of the fire and the drying of the land.
- Basic Safety Tips
- If you see a wildfire and haven't received evacuation orders yet, call 9-1-1. Don't assume that someone else has already called.
- If ordered to evacuate during a wildfire, do it immediately- make sure and tell someone where you are going and when you have arrived.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
- If you or someone you are with has been burned, call 9-1-1 or seek help immediately; cool and cover burns to reduce chance of further injury or infection.
- Fire Weather Watch
- Fire weather watch = dangerous fire weather conditions are possible over the next 12 to 72 hours
Steps to Take
- Turn on your TV/radio. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go. Check-in with your friends and family.
- Keep your car fueled, in good condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
- Prepare Your Home
- Regularly clean the roof and gutters.
- Maintain an area approximately 30’ away from you home that is free of anything that will burn, such as wood piles, dried leaves, newspapers and other brush.
- Connect garden hoses long enough to reach any area of the home and fill garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water.
- Review your homeowner's insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home's contents.