Rain Dampens Wildfire Threat in South Carolina

The Forestry Commission has lifted the Red Flag Fire Alert for all South Carolina counties.

Tuesday the Alert was lifted in all counties except Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and York. Rain showers and higher relative humidity have now reduced wildfire danger those six counties.

Forestry Commission authorities said that there are still dry areas within these counties. Anyone conducting outdoor burning is cautioned to follow state law and local ordinances when conducting outdoor burning.

A Red Flag Fire Alert is a wildfire danger warning issued by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. The Red Flag cautions that wildfire danger is increasing, and that outdoor burning could become difficult to control.

According to the forestry commission, a Red Flag Fire Alert does not prohibit outdoor burning as long as all other state and local regulations are followed. When a Red Flag is in effect, the Forestry Commission asks people to voluntarily postpone any outdoor burning.

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