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Firefighters continue to battle wildfire near Conway

Hot, dry weather will keep state forestry firefighters busy this week along Hardwick Road in Horry County, according to Scott Hawkins, public information director with the S.C. Forestry Commission.

Even though the fire remains contained, smoke is expected to be a problem in the area of S.C. 22 and Hardwick Road, Hawkins said. During the weekend crews working the fire, which started June 14 from a lightning strike, had two incidents with the fire breaking out again including one where 30 acres was involved, Hawkins said.

Firefighters will increase their response to the wildfire because the persistently hot, dry weather has negated any benefits from previous rainfall on the area, Hawkins said. The fire behavior has been aggressive in the hotter, windier afternoon hours.

Motorists in that area of Conway should be aware of smoke issues and emergency vehicles responding to the blaze, Hawkins said. Firefighters with Horry County Fire and Rescue and the forestry commission will bring in additional heavy equipment.