Beaufort News

Weekend blazes bring number of brush fires in county to more than 30

Burton Fire District crews battled four brush fires in northern Beaufort County over the weekend, bringing this year's total to more than 30, department spokesman Daniel Byrne said.

One of the weekend's most serious fires occurred at about 2 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Hampton Drive in Grays Hill, Byrne said.

Crews arrived to find a resident trying to extinguish with a hose a grass fire that had surrounded a mobile home. The flames, which spread as the resident burned yard debris, had begun to melt the home's siding, he said.

Crews also responded to a small brush fire in the 3000 block of Trask Parkway on Sunday afternoon, Byrne said.

On Saturday, crews also were called to two fires â€" one at about 2:30 p.m. on Roseida Road and another at 4:15 p.m. in the 70 block of Miranda Court in Port Royal, Byrne said.

The Miranda Court fire spread quickly and endangered two homes, he said.

No injuries were reported.

Byrne said officials believe the recent increase in brush fires can be attributed to yard debris fires that spread out of control. He urged residents to start burn piles at least 50-feet away from any building or trees.

He also said residents should watch where burning embers land and have a water source, such as a hose, ready that can reach the entire burn area.

The fire also should be constantly attended by a "competent sober adult," he said.