The busy tourist area of North Myrtle Beach has been evacuated due to a wildfire that is currently burning out of control. Over 2,500 people have been evacuated while 40 homes and 15,000 acres have been destroyed. Read more see photos and video, as well as a map of the area.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of those places you just have to go to at least once in your life; but not right now. A wildfire is ravaging the coastal destination of millions of tourists and Governor Mark Sanford has declared a state of emergency for Horry County, South Carolina.

The wildfire has spread through the Barefoot Landing area of North Myrtle Beach forcing evacuations; as well as turning popular tourist attractions like “The House of Blues” restaurant into a makeshift shelter. Officials say that the wildfire has consumed 15,000 acres as well as destroyed 40 homes and damaged 100 more.

Barefoot Landing is a sprawling complex of condos, shopping complexes, and golf courses, all being threatened at the moment. The wildfire is heading northeast cutting a path 4 miles wide and 6 miles long. The very popular tourist destination, Myrtle Beach appears for the moment to be out of harm’s way, being well south of the fire.

Authorities thought they had the wildfire contained late Wednesday, when the wind picked up and it quickly became out of control spreading very rapidly. The forestry service, all local firefighters and the National Guard are on the scene fighting the fire.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, has declared a state of emergency for Horry County, South Carolina; and has applied for federal funds from FEMA to help with fighting the fire and recovery. More updates to come as this story develops.

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