#UPDATE | 11:05 a.m. – The fire has rekindled in several places.
Graniteville Volunteer Fire Department and Aiken County Emergency Management are on the scene keeping an eye on the situation.
The forestry service is there as well with equipment to get into those thickly wooded areas to find the source of the smoke.
At this point there is no danger to any home, businesses or to USC Aiken.
Because of where the fires are located the fire department says they may just have to let it run its course and burn out.
#UPDATE | April 22, 2021 (WJBF) – A large brush fire in Aiken County is now out after forcing some people from their homes
It broke out Wednesday afternoon then rekindled last night near the Trolly Run Station neighborhood.
Fire crews rushed to the scene to shut down roads in the area, including the bypass to USC Aiken.
No one was injured in this fire and students at the university have not been asked to evacuate.
An elevated fire danger is in effect until the weekend.
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – UPDATE (12:04 am) – According to Aiken County Sheriff’s Office the fire has rekindled. The whole bypass up to Trolley Run subdivision has been shut down.
WJBF has a crew on the way to the scene.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 6 for more information on this developing story.
All roads are back open. Fire crews are continuing to monitor the blaze near Trolley Run Station. No injuries or home damages are being reported.
UPDATE (5:18 p.m.) – Access to Keagen Boulevard is blocked at Trolley Run Boulevard traffic circle.
Some families have been evacuated as firefighters work to put out the brush fire.
Graniteville-Vaucluse-Warrenville Fire Department is working to suppress a brush fire in the Trolley Run Station Subdivision along an unoccupied stretch of Anmore Court .
Aiken Public Safety is also on scene.
Aiken County Sheriff’s Office confirms accounts that some homes nearest the fire are being evacuated near Anmore Court.
GVW Fire Department and other agencies in the area have been circulating the current alert from the South Carolina Forestry Commission that has designated a Red Flag Fire Alert for Wednesday and Thursday, April 21st and 22nd.
The alert went into effect this morning at 7 a.m.
Current weather conditions present an elevated risk of wildfire, according to the SC Forestry Commission, with the weather forecast statewide over the next two days calls for stronger-than-normal wind gusts and low relative humidity, creating the potential for outdoor fires to escape easily and spread rapidly.
The National Weather Service is predicting steady winds at 15-20 mph during this time.
The Forestry Commission is strongly encouraging citizens to postpone any outdoor burning until the alert is lifted.