High winds, dry conditions increase SC fire danger

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Several wildfires have broken out in South Carolina, including a blaze that has closed U.S. 17 in northern Charleston County.

Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said the fire burned nearly two square miles near McClellanville on Wednesday, destroying at least two homes. It also burned down utility lines along U.S.17, the main highway between Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

Investigators haven't determined the cause of the blaze.

South Carolina forestry officials say dozens of fires broke out Wednesday, mainly along the coast. They were fed by gusty winds and dry conditions expected to last through Thursday.

Authorities say a fire that threatened 30 homes near Little River has been contained without damaging any buildings.

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