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U.S. 17 North reopened following wildfire in Georgetown, Charleston counties

U.S. 17 at the county line of Georgetown and Charleston has reopened following a wildfire, according to authorities.

A portion of U.S. 17 North was closed Wednesday following a wildfire that impacted about 1,100 acres, according to officials.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, officials expect to use nine fire engines from the State Forestry Commission to extinguish hot spots, according Awendaw Fire Department Batallion Chief Bo Bowers, who is the incident commander on scene. The fire is about 98 percent contained and officials will continue to monitor the blaze.

Many agencies are assisting with a plan to go to the South Santee area to secure a wet line 50 feet from the road near the houses that were threatened. according to Bowers. A wet line is an area that is physically soaked to prevent fire from crossing.

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