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Little River wildfire started with illegal trash fire; One person ticketed

A fire that burned about 30 acres and threatened the same amount of homes started from an illegal household trash fire in Little River, according to fire officials.

A ticket was issued in Wednesday's blaze, which spread over the N.C. state line from Little River, but details about the ticket were not immediately available said Scott Hawkins, spokesman with the S.C. Forestry Commission.

The fire began about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday from someone burning household trash, which is illegal in the state according to laws by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, Hawkins said.

“Burning trash is illegal,” Hawkins said. “Now outdoor debris burning such as vegetation, is not as long as no burning ban is in place.”

All together, the fire burned 35 to 40 acres and was 100 percent contained as of Wednesday evening, according to the Calabash Fire Department. No one was injured and no structures were burned.

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