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Fires causing concern in Columbus County

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The affects of the fires around Myrtle Beach are being felt beyond Horry County. Wind is pushing smoke and ash into Columbus County in North Carolina.

On what was supposed to be a clear day, the sky turned dark gray.

“You can tell it’s a lot of smoke and ashes. You can see the ashes coming around right now,” said Tabor City resident Danny Perritte.

It fell like snow flurries, easily visible on newly washed cars, but residents say the smoke and ash were the least of their problems. “The smell is awful, it really is. It smells like burnt flesh,” said Denise Bellamy.

The Tabor City Fire Department was quiet today. The fire fighters resting up after a day of fighting the wildfires until the sun went down.

But this afternoon, trucks returned to the station, gearing up to head back into South Carolina to help fight the blazes.

“We’ll go down there and stay as long as they need us,” explained Fire Chief Jerry Hodges.

Chief Hodges said the crew had some close calls on Thursday, but that wouldn’t keep them from going back to help.

With much of the focus in South Carolina, Tabor City residents hope the help of local fire departments will keep them in their homes.

“We thought we were going to have to evacuate because we didn’t know how bad it would get. We didn’t know if the fire was going to come this way or what,” said Denise Bellamy.

Tabor City residents dropped off water and Gatorade to help keep the fire fighters hydrated.

In all, six engines from Columbus County fire departments, and 20 volunteers from around the county, have been helping out in Myrtle Beach.

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videoThe affects of the fires around Myrtle Beach are being felt beyond Horry County. Wind is pushing smoke and ash into Columbus County in North Carolina.

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