MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Firefighters say calm winds overnight
allowed them to hold steady against a wildfire that has burned 31
square miles near one of South Carolina's busiest tourist areas.
State Forestry Commission spokeswoman Holly Welch said early
Friday that there was no indication that additional homes had
burned in the overnight hours.
The blaze that started Wednesday west of Myrtle Beach has
destroyed about 70 homes and damaged about 100 others.
Welch said 30 firefighters manned containment lines overnight.
Officials estimated late Thursday that the blaze was about 40
percent contained. It was expected to move north, away from the
busiest stretch of beach hotels.
It's the worst wildfire in South Carolina since 1976.