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Outdoor Burn Ban Issued for Horry County

Horry County Government has initiated an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  This ban will remain in place until further notice. The ban has been placed due to the extreme fire danger as a result of the low relative humidity and extreme wind speeds.  Any and all outdoor burning, included permitted burns, are strictly prohibited during the ban, and those involved in any open burning would be in violation of the law.  
For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at (843) 915-7066

Traffic Alert: Change to Traffic Pattern on International Drive Next Week

Southern Asphalt, Inc. will be implementing a change to the traffic pattern on the existing paved section of International Drive, from west of the driveway of Horry County Fire Rescue Station 45 to the end of the paved road beginning in the morning on Tuesday, February 6. This change will take place after school traffic subsides on the morning of February 6.

In general, the plan involves reducing traffic to one through lane in each direction and closing the left and right turn lanes into the school driveways.  After they finish installing the asphalt build-up on the north side of the road, they will switch the lane closures to the other side.  We anticipate traffic impacts to and from all three Horry County Schools on this section of International Drive. The turn lane closures will be in place for 24 hours a day for approximately one to two weeks, depending on the weather.
To keep traffic moving through the work zone, Southern Asphalt will have personnel / flaggers at the school driveways and at Wheatfield Drive (entrance to The Farm) during daylight hours. 
The public should anticipate some delays during this relatively brief change in traffic patterns.  Southern Asphalt will place message boards at both ends of this section of International Drive to notify the traveling public about this upcoming and temporary change.

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.