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      SC Forestry Commission lifts Red Flag Alerts Statewide

      COLUMBIA- The Red Flag Fire Alert in force since Saturday morning is now lifted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

      Fire managers ended the Red Flag Alert based on weather conditions improving .

      C almer winds and higher relative humidity values mean fire is less likely to spread , said Scott Hawkins public information officer with the SC Forestry Commission .

      However, the Southeast is in the midst of wildfire season and care should be taken with all forms of outdoor burning to prevent wildfires, said Hawkins.

      Hawkins said during the Red Flag Alert, SCFC personnel responded to 51 fires statewide.

      No injuries have been reported.

      However, this doesn't mean burn bans are lifted. Hawkins encourages you to check with local fire officials before conducting any type of burn.

      SC law requires anyone planning to conduct debris burns or controlled burns to notify the Commission in advance, said Hawkins.