It was bad, but it could have been much worse.
Scott Hawkins, SC Forestry Commission
Nine apartment buildings containing 119 condominiums were destroyed Saturday in a wildfire that struck with little warning about 10 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, SC. The fire in Carolina Forest, SC, was one of more than 100 blazes reported over the weekend.
"The whole building was in flames," Lee Krone, a Carolina Forest resident, told WMBF-TV of Myrtle Beach. "The only thing you could see was the rafters." No one was reported injured in the community of year-round and seasonal residents. A temporary shelter was set up for residents in a nearby church.
Gov. Nikki Haley visited some of the hardest hit areas Monday.
Most of the fires were along the state's eastern seaboard. According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission two fires were still considered active Monday afternoon as a change in weather helped firefighters extinguish the rest of the blazes.
Wildfires in Tennessee and Colorado also damaged homes and other buildings.
State forestry officials said it was the first significant damage reported in the 2013 fire season. "This weekend is actually typical for the fire season," said Scott Hawkins of the State Forestry Commission. "It was bad, but it could have been much worse."
Damaging wildfires were also reported in Tennessee and Colorado.
A Sunday evening fire destroyed more than 50 cabins, many of them rentals, in a resort area near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. More than 100 people were evacuated from the fire which was still challenging firefighters Monday afternoon. A storm is expected to bring about an inch of rain to the area Tuesday.
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