Drought, extremely hot conditions could lead to wild fires

Charleston County News

AWENDAW, S.C. (WCBD) Memorial Day weekend is here and so is the dry heat. We are currently in a drought which means fires can spread quickly.

Count on 2’s Deanne Roberts rode along with the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire Department on Friday to share some fire safety tips.

The key to making sure your Memorial Day BBQ doesn’t end up in flames is staying aware.

During my ride-along with Chief Mike Bowers with the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire Department, he said areas are prone to outside fires because of the heat, humidity and the ground fuel.

That means if you have pine straw, leaves, pine cones around your home or campsite, a quick spark or fireworks could lead to a big fire.

I think a lot of people don’t realize that all of this is dangerous, he said. It’s beautiful, but it can be dangerous as well. With the leaves, the pine needles just built up years over years—it’s combustible and it only takes one match, one flipped out cigarette, one chain dragging from a boat that could ignite stuff and cause some serious issues for people.

We are in a drought, so that means staying vigilant is key this Memorial Day weekend. Still have fun, but make sure you are aware of your surroundings.

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