Friday, April 24, 2009

Myrtle Beach Area Wildfires Close ICW for 24 Hours - Snow Birds Jam Area Anchorages

Thursday Morning the USCG Sector Charleston Captain of the Port Issued the following Order.

Marine Safety Information Bulletin

MSIB (18-09) – Safety Zone: ICW Closure Between HWY 501 to Little Ri. Swing Bridge in Horry County

Issued: 10:15 a.m./23 Apr 2009 Expires: TBD

Captain of the Port Charleston is establishing a Safety Zone on the ICW between the HWY 501 Bridge on the South and the Little River Swing Bridge on the North. No vessels may enter the zone without permission of the Captain of the Port Charleston. Vessels are able to exit the zone. This is due to a land-based fire infringing on the ICW in Horry County. For further information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at 843-724-7616 or VHF Channel 16.

Fires and dense smoke could be seen for miles around the North Myrtle Beach area as ocean breeze and gusty winds fanned the flames and made travel along the ICW hazardous and uncomfortable.

The safety zone was lifted Friday morning but Sector Charleston continues to monitor the situation and may close the ICW again it conditions change.

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