Red Flag Fire Alert issued for SC

(FILE)

(WSPA) — South Carolina is under a Red Flag Fire Alert.

The S.C. Forestry Commission (SCFC) issued the statewide alert, which took effect at 7 a.m. Friday.

People are discouraged from outdoor burning because of the increased risk for wildfires.

The forestry commission said in a statement that most of the state is expected to have stronger-than-normal wind gusts and low relative humidity that make increase the possibility of fires.

SCFC Fire Chief Darryl Jones said there were more than 50 active fires across the state on Thursday, making it one of the busiest fire days in some time.

“We’re asking that people voluntarily postpone any burning they’ve planned because the wind speeds and relative humidity over much of the state through the weekend will create an elevated potential for fire danger,” Jones said in a statement.

Outdoor burning is not prohibited during the alert, but the SCFC encourages people to postpone burning until the alert is lifted.  Residents are urged to contact their local fire departments to see if there are any local restrictions for outdoor fires.

The alert will remain in effect until lifted by the SCFC.

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