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Horry County News and Announcements


Horry County Lifts Burn Ban

Conway, South Carolina – After conferring with the Department of Forestry, and due to the recent precipitation, Horry County Government has lifted an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  We remind our citizens that where the burn ban is not in place, we ask their consideration and due diligence when actively involved in open burning.  Please consider burning after 4:00 PM, and consider not burning on extremely windy days.

Horry County Fire Rescue will continue to monitor conditions and may re-impose the ban at a later date if conditions deteriorate. Horry County Government has a policy allowing it to institute an outdoor burning ban whenever there's a statewide red flag alert or if weather conditions appear conducive to wildfires.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at  843-915-5190.

Safety Around Frozen Lakes and Ponds

CONWAY, SC – As the snow, ice, and cold weather continues in our community, many of the lakes and ponds in our area become frozen over.  The ice on these bodies of water can be an attraction to children and adults, unfortunately, there is no such thing as safe ice in our community.  Where a lake or pond may have a coat of ice, the ice is not strong enough to support body weight.  We ask you to stress to your children, as well as those they play with, to please stay away from this ice to prevent a tragedy from occurring.      

If someone does fall through the ice, we remind you of these safety tips:

  1. Call 9-1-1 immediately
  2. Do not run onto the ice, as you could become a victim as well
  3. Attempt to keep the victim calm, stress they keep their head above the water, and lay their arms across the ice if possible.  Having them kick their legs will help keep them in a horizontal and safer position
  4. Always remember the order of Reach, Throw, Row, and Go in your attempt to assist
    1. Find a long object to reach the person; a tree limb, rope, scarf, or ladder can help
    2. If possible, try throwing something to the individual that will float; a plastic sled, cooler, life preserver are examples
    3. If there is a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board available, push or row them to the individual in the water
    4. If there are no other options, and as a last resort, you could attempt to form a chain of people to reach the victim
  5. When you do get the individual out of the water, immediately cover them to increase their body heat, and attempt to get them to a warm location while awaiting for Emergency Help to arrive.

If you would like additional fire or life safety information please contact Mark R. Nugent, Public Information Officer for Horry County Fire Rescue, at

Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

Severe Weather Update: 

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County returns to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, normal operating condition, as of 10 AM this morning.

At this time, no significant road issues have been reported; however, Horry County Emergency Management officials remind everyone to use caution on the roadways as refreezing and patches of black ice are possible until temperatures rise. The Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) will remain active. Unincorporated residents can call and report any drainage issues or damage to roads. 

Horry Emergency Management (843-915-5150) is also available during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM) for questions, concerns, etc. 

Horry County Offices to Open at 10 AM on Friday

Conway, South Carolina – Due to inclement weather, all Horry County Government offices including all Horry County Memorial Libraries, the Horry County Museum, and the Horry County Community Centers will be operating on a delayed schedule on Friday, January 5, opening at 10 AM. Public Safety operations continue on a normal schedule. 

The most up-to-date information on Horry County Government operations can be found on the County’s website at

Today’s Scheduled Meetings for Horry County Government Canceled

Conway, South Carolina – Due to inclement weather, all Horry County Government public meetings scheduled for Thursday, January 4, including the Planning Commission and Imagine 2040 Steering Committee meetings, have been canceled. 

The most up-to-date information on Horry County Government operations can be found on the County’s website at