Red Flag Fire Alert in effect through weekend

South Carolina News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC) on Friday issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert in effect through the weekend.

Over the coming days, there will be relatively low humidity and stronger-than-normal winds, creating a prime environment for fires to spread.

SCFC Fire Chief Darryl Jones explained:

“We have not gotten much significant rainfall in the last few weeks, and fuels are very dry, so any outdoor fire could escape easily.”

SCFC Chief Darryl Jones

With that in mind, people are asked to avoid any outdoor burning while the alert is in effect. Although outdoor burning is not prohibited by the alert, SCFC strongly advises against it.

“With the dry weather we have experienced lately, and predicted relative humidity values in some areas lower than 25% and winds gusting above 15 miles per hour, we strongly encourage everyone to postpone their outdoor burning until conditions improve early next week.” 

SCFC Chief Darryl Jones

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