Blaze chews up woods in Georgetown County

S.C. Forestry Commission officials estimate that 10 acres burned Thursday in a Georgetown County woods fire near U.S. 17 Bypass and Farthing Road on Thursday.

State troopers issued a smoke advisory for motorists on U.S. 17 Bypass while firefighters battled the blaze.

Firefighters from Midway Fire Rescue fought the fire, which spread from a brush fire off the bypass near the Prince George River subdivision, spokesman Bob Beebe said.

Beebe said no homes - which were a half mile to one mile away from the brush fire - were damaged. He also said no one was injured and no one had to be evacuated.

The fire was under control by 4 p.m. Thursday. The cause is under investigation, Beebe said.

He said the fire near Prince George was the third his department has battled Thursday, and all were along U.S. 17 Bypass. The first two were extinguished.

Beebe said the fire calls began around 1 p.m. with a report of a small fire outside a Nissan dealership on the Bypass. Soon afterward, firefighters responded to a fire farther south on the bypass, and then to one reported still farther south on the south side of the highway.

He said smoke from the fires caused problems for travelers, and fire vehicles parked near the edge of the road caused one southbound lane of the bypass to be blocked for about three hours.