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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Horry County wildfires

Well as most of our family and friends know by now... we have many wildfires in our area.

It started yesterday afternoon southwest of us and overnight got worse and reached North Myrtle Beach. Kirby and I woke up to a house that smelled like smoke, a "fog like" cloud of smoke outside, and ashes on our driveway and lawn. When we got to school (yes, they sent everyone to school!) it also smelled like smoke. Thankfully we weren't at school long before they evacuated all schools in our area. By 11:00 we only had 9 of our 800 students left to be picked up from school. We have families from school affected from all this- but we are thankful for no deaths or injuries.

Kirby and I went out after we were allowed to leave school (about 12:00) to check things out and take some pictures. Here is what we are seeing near us...



Tanger Outlets @ Hwy 501 and Hwy 17...















These were taken from the empty lot next to our home...







Ashes in the Mexico Lindo parking lot...





Ashes at our doorstep...





Video from the empty lot next to our home...

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And another about a mile down the waterway from our home...

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It means a lot to hear from so many of our family and friends. A HUGE thanks to all of you who have called to see how we are doing. Please keep the families in our area in your prayers.

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