Investigators looking for what caused wildfires in Va., Carolinas

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators are trying to figure out what
ignited hundreds of weekend wildfires in Virginia and the
The wind that had been fanning the flames has died down,
allowing crews to contain some of the blazes. The earliest rain in
the forecast for South Carolina is tomorrow.
A North Carolina forestry spokesman says 112 fires on about
1,000 acres across the state are contained. Some of the fires
yesterday started when strong wind downed power lines. Other brush
fires were sparked by careless trash burning.
Thousands of customers are still without power because of damage
caused by the fires and wind.
About 60 homes were briefly evacuated yesterday in Conway, South
Carolina, when a fire sent smoke billowing over the city that's
located about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.


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