Rain doesn’t douse long-burning Horry County fire

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The rain that finally fell in Horry County hasn’t been enough to extinguish a wildfire burning for more than three weeks.

Authorities say the more than half-inch of rain this week has made fighting the so-called Hornet Fire even harder by creating mud that has trapped equipment.

The fire was started July 3 from fireworks. It has burned nearly 1,400 acres and is 70 percent contained after escaping containment lines in last weekend’s heat. No homes have been damaged.

State forestry officials say while it is too muddy to plow firebreaks, they are spending time pushing down vegetation to make it harder for the fire to spread up from the soil when the weather dries out in a few days.

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