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Forestry Commission | North Carolina man cited in Little River wildfire

Two tickets were written to a North Carolina man in connection with a wildfire in Little River this week, according to an S.C. Forestry Commission official.

James M. Saunders of Longwood, N.C., was cited in the fire, said Scott Hawkins, forestry commission spokesman. It was unclear what citations were issued to Saunders in the fire, but officials said an illegal trash burn started the blaze.

The fire spread about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday from a household-trash burn and consumed about 30 acres and threatened the same number of homes before it was contained, Hawkins said. No one was hurt and no structures were damaged.

The maximum fine for allowing fire to spread to someone else's land is $470, while failure to notify the Forestry Commission of a planned burn and failure to take proper precautions to keep the fire contained has a maximum fine of $263. Both include fees and court costs.

More details will be posted as they become available.