People in Horry County asked to avoid outdoor burning

Residents in Horry County are being asked to refrain from outdoor burning at this time, according to Battalion Chief Brian VanAernem with Horry County Fire Rescue.

VanAernem said although there is no official burn ban in place, this request is because of dry conditions, low humidity and wind through the weekend. "Although we have had plenty of rain and the ground is saturated, the top fuels like grass and light brush were quickly dried out by all the recent winds. These fuels are very quick to burn and just a slight breeze can cause a small debris fire to quickly get out of control," said VanAernem.

If you decide to burn anyway, you are required to follow the South Carolina Forestry Commission's rule on open burning. Find the rules here.

VanAernem said anyone who decides to burn must understand that they are responsible for their fire. He asks that all fires are put completely out with water.