ActiveRain Tutorials: South Carolina Wildfire

South Carolina Wildfire

I am sure by now that most of the country has seen about the wildfire here in Myrtle Beach, SC.  It started yesterday afternoon and now has consumed over 8,000 acres.  I wanted to take a minute to let everyone know, that my family is all safe, the fires have moved around us.  However there are several others that are Local ActiveRain Members from throughout the county that need your prayers and support.  It has destroyed several homes in Barefoot Landing which is about 10 minutes north of me.  As long as the winds stay calm, hopefully they will be able to get things under control.  If the wind were to shift south though, the fire would be heading right towards my house.

Here are two pictures from my development. 


This was the view yesterday afternoon from my Office Home Office Window


Fire at Night Taken by my Brother

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Comment balloon 71 commentsJeremy Blanton • April 23 2009 09:40AM


Oh my....I'm sorry! I have been in this situation many times as I live in Southern California. My cabin is in Lake Arrowhead and we have dodged that bullet several times I know how scary it is. My very best for you and your friends, I'm glad you are safe! I will keep the whole area in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 10 years ago

Yikes Jeremy, I did not know that, in Ky and had not been able to view the news. We are here at a funeral. Stay safe and don't play a hero if you need to go GO.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

If you should need somewhere to stay in the Midlands Let me know. My prayers are with all MB residents.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) almost 10 years ago

wow i hope these fires are put out soon. that is not good at all!  i have been to barefoot landing and that whole area, its so beautiful. i hope everyone stays safe!

Posted by Justin Douglass (Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate) almost 10 years ago


I hadn't heard, but know that our prayers are with you and those families in your area!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I heard about it briefly, and I am glad to hear that you and yours are alright. I am sorry to hear that other were not so lucky though.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

I had heard about this.  Not to often do you hear of wildfires in your area.

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate almost 10 years ago

Latest report says 15,000 acres, over 40 homes destroyed and another 100 damaged.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jeremy, I hate to hear this. My father is headed your way in a couple days and is planning on staying in Merrill's Inlet but I am wondering if he should go now. We vacation at Ocean Lakes several times a year. How close is the fire to that area?? Or exactly where is the fire at?? Please take care of yourself!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Saw it on the news this am - instantly thought of you Jeremy!

Posted by Mike Mueller (Tech and Social Media Consultant) almost 10 years ago

Blanton - Stay safe, my man.  You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - Be safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tom Plant ( almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - We are praying for you and your family and all our South Carolinians and visitors in Myrtle Beach that they will soon get these fires fully under control and that the winds will calm - and that there will be no injuries either!


Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) almost 10 years ago


The wife & I will be praying for you my friend.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

That night shot is terrifying. Best wishes to you and your family.

Posted by Mike Judge (ActiveRain Corporation) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, In Oklahoma we know the devastation from fires and tornados. Physical things can be replaced, family and firends cannot. I hope you don't have to deal with this, but My thoughts are with others affected.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 10 years ago

Holy smoke Jeremy (No pun intend) that is amazing the size of that smoke plum and the intensity of the fire. My prayers are with you guys.

Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - Just came from Bob Stewart's post about the fires raging in Myrtle Beach.  Stay safe and know you, Katherine and Isabelle are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) almost 10 years ago

I am trying to find out if Surfside Beach has been affeted or evacuated. Mysister lives there.

Posted by ann almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, this reminds me of the fires here in FL ten+ years ago. They actually had to close interstates. My step son had to do a back burn to keep from losing his property. We Floridians know how this feels. We are thankful that you are ok and are praying they will get his fire out quickly.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 10 years ago

Safety first...hope everyone will be okay

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy- Stay safe. Our prayers are with you! May God bless you and your family with safety and love.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy: Good to hear that you and your family are safe at this time. Please keep us posted. Any word on other rainers in the area ?


Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy- Stay safe nad move on if it gets too close. Life is too precious. By the way, my daughter and her husbands home was one of those lost. :(

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 10 years ago

Yikes.... I'm glad to hear you and your family are safe.  With a little luck and a dose of divine intervention the winds will hold and the firefighters can get it put out.  God bless!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jeremy -- Those pictures are very powerful and scary.  I will hope and trust that the firefigthers can get this under control and stopped so no further people are impacted.  Best Wishes...

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 10 years ago

May the Lord lift you and your family  into his mighty hands and keep you free from danger

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy.  I sent a message to about 15 folks.  Be careful.  These things are vicious and dangerous.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, I had no idea this was happening! My prayers are with you and everyone else in that area. I'm going over to check on a few other AR members in Myrtle Beach - please keep safe and if possible keep us posted!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

So scary! I remember when the Yorba Linda fire was burning all around us last fall. We are thinking of you and hope you are staying safe!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy... wow, that second picture looks like a picture after a major war... and 10 miles is not that far away.  Stay safe and hope all is well with the family.  And hopefully we'll get to meet up at the end of next month.

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 10 years ago

I saw news footage this morning - please be careful and stay safe!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Here I am in NC and somehow didn't know!  Wildfires have hit so many of our members over these past few years but luckily no one lost their homes.  I hope the good luck continues for you as well.  All the best and keep us posted!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy: Just wanted to wish you all the best as you go through this thing. I have been through 3 of those--living in the San Diego area. It's no fun at all, but the most important thing to do is to stay safe. It kind of puts everything else in perspective, doesn't it? Wishing for nothing but the best for you and your family and neighbors . . .

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - Having played golf at the Dunes and Barefoot Resort many times I am familiar with the area. This is scary awful. I hope this message finds you safe. Take heed. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Most Sincerely - Claude

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 10 years ago

One of our favorite vacation spots and I am shocked it could happen there. You take care my friend and get the hell out if you have to, material things can be replaced, you cannot!

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 10 years ago


This is the first I've heard of it.  Those photos certainly tell the story.  How terrifying!  Take care of yourself and your family.  I hope they get this under control soon.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fires.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy:  Our thoughts are with you.  Stay safe!

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

Those are some scary photos, Jeremy.  How are you guys holding up?

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, I 'm so happy you and your family are safe.  This is a terrible thing.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 10 years ago

You know everyone's thoughts and prayers are with you.  Hopefully the fire will be under control soon.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, Keep safe.  Those pictures are frightening, I hope they are put out very soon.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 10 years ago

I haven't seen the news, but heard about it from Bob.  Stay safe.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 10 years ago

Glad to hear you're safe.  It looks frightening.  Take care of yourself and your family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy:  Just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family.  God bless!

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, OMG how frightening for you, your family and other AR members in Myrtle Beach.  My prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 10 years ago

Just a quick note before I try and get some sleep.  The fire is about 7 miles north of us.  Currently the winds are co-operating.  But, if they change directions we could be forced to evacuate during the night.  So far 69 homes have been destroyed, and over 100 damaged.  It is just under 20,000 acres burned now.  Thanks everyone for your thoughts & prayers.  I am exhausted and am going to try and rest in case I have a long night ahead!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, be careful. This is so scarey! We just never know....hopefully you don't have to evacuate. We'll pray that you stay safe. ;-)

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 10 years ago

Jer - I don't recall hearing about major fires in that area previously - has this happened before?  As I mentioned, you guys are in my prayers.  Let me know if you need ANYTHING - I know that sounds trite, but I mean it. 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Not good. Be safe. You and all your neighbors are in my thoughts.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Wishing you the best!  Our prayers are with you guys- stay safe!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy- In case you have to evacuate (which I hope you do not have to) Make a quick take box- with birth certificates, passports, home insurance deed & docs, meds, and photographs. Anything else that is critical and important we use this technique for Hurricanes. A large tote is usually enough.

I will keep good thoughts going out your way- and hope that you and your family remain safe and sound.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) almost 10 years ago


Awesome in a frightening way!

Featured in the group "Square Pegs!"

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago


All I can say is BE SAFE.

Our prayers will be with you and your family and everybody else that is being effected by this.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie almost 10 years ago

Jeremy, I don't know where I've been but stay safe. Pack everyone up and leave if it starts moving toward you!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Wow, Jeremy - That looks like a nasty fire!! Stay safe & get out of there if the winds shift!!

Posted by Dan Magstadt (Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - fires are so devastating, and we have been through many here in SoCal. Hopefully it is under control with minimal damage, and no injuries.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) almost 10 years ago

God bless you and keep you and your family safe.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy - thanks for updating us. It IS a small world, and when we read about a disaster where we have friends, we're truly concerned. You and all those affected have our prayers.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy..I haveface been on my computer to long..I am so sorry ..haven't been watching the safe !

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 10 years ago

This was taken in The Farm at Carolina Forest about an hour ago.  Hopefully this will stay away from here!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 10 years ago

Hi Jeremy (& Katie),

We just heard about the fires here in Austria, so I called Diane to see if you were ok.

Glad to hear you´re ok! :)

Lots of love,

Brenda & Joe

Posted by Brenda & Joe Ziska almost 10 years ago

I love Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, no better places to be. I know some Realtors down there. I need to check to make sure they are OK. I sure hope it stays away from your place.

I know from the weather here is supposed to be hot and dry over the weekend. That is NOT going to be good for fires.

Our wishes are with you. We have spare bedrooms here if you need a place to stay and we have high speed!

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) almost 10 years ago

Jeremy--This happened to us two weeks ago! An idiot started fires in a ditch about 3 miles from my house on a very windy day. The wind was blowing in a different direction from our house but several friends were evacuated as 3000 acres burned. Scary as I had to drive right by the fire to pick up my kids from school, then were rerouted as they closed off the roads. My heart is with you as it is so very frightening when it is a few miles from your home...All that smoke and fire is just scary! Stay safe!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 10 years ago

It is one thing to hear it on the news, but another entirely to have it happen in your area - thoughts & prayers to your family & community.  I've been through this myself, but fortunate not to need to be evacuated.

Lets hope the firefighters are safe while they work to keep the beast in check.

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) almost 10 years ago

our prayers are with you and everyone involved. This is not an easy thing to deal with.   stay strong and keep everyone posted if you can.


p.s. hey, Kent its you again and i am not even following you. lol i just commented on one of your blogs.

Posted by Ray & Elaine Fischer ((828) & (828) ) almost 10 years ago

Great Day in the Morning!! Any updates, Jeremy. I'll turn on the news to find out and pray for you and your family.

Posted by Karen Luke, Henry County Real Estate (South Metro Property Management, LLC) almost 10 years ago

The fire seems to be contained now and things are starting to return to normal.  Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 10 years ago

Something like that makes you feel so insignificant and vulnerable. I hope all can recover fast and pull together as communities.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 10 years ago

Glad you and your family are okay. I've was way too close to the October 2003 and October 2007 wildfires here.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 10 years ago

I just happen to stumble across your blog.  I'm really late, but are you okay?

Posted by Xinh Truong (Connect Realty.Com, Inc.) over 9 years ago