Woods fire closes Lowcountry Highway | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 13, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
An April 8 woods fire devoured the visibility on Lowcountry Highway as well as 75 acres of vegetation.
The first calls about the fire began arriving at the emergency dispatch center April 8 at 3:40 p.m., reporting a large fire and heavy smoke on Lowcountry Highway between the 4900 and 5300 blocks.
The first fire units on the scene reported zero visibility on the road.
Multiple Fire-Rescue units and Forestry Commission tractors responded.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the area to deal with the limited visibility and the South Carolina Department of Transportation sent personnel to the area to deploy signs warning approaching motorists of the heavy smoke.
After locating an access point to reach a portion of the fire, crews learned that the fire started as a 25-acre controlled burn that had gotten out of control due to winds estimated at between 15 and 20 miles per hour.
The wind enabled the fire to jump the firebreaks in several areas, burning an additional 50 acres and threatening several residential dwellings and farm buildings.
The first firefighters on the scene immediately called for reinforcements.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission was already on the scene and eventually had four tractors working the fire.
Fire-Rescue positioned four engines to protect several buildings and extinguish hot spots, while one brush fire truck rode fire lines to douse flames spreading through the woods. Two tenders were deployed to supply water.
Ten Colleton County Fire-Rescue units were on the scene for four hours; the forestry units remained on the scene until the next day.
Fire-Rescue units returned to the scene Friday evening when a caller reported seeing a tree burning within the fire break. They went back again Saturday to assist forestry units.
No damage was reported to any buildings.