The South Carolina Forestry Commission is urging "extreme caution" when burning outdoors. This announcement was made Thursday, just hours after two large outdoor fires burned up over 200 acres of woods in the Lowcountry.
"Amid a dramatic uptick in wildfire ignitions over the last 24 hours, the South Carolina Forestry Commission is asking the public to exercise the utmost vigilance when conducting outdoor burns of any kind," the Commission said in a press release.
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SCFC counted 32 wildfires in the state on Thursday, with the majority in Eastern and Central South Carolina. The agency said the uptick in fires was likely due to low relative humidity and a long dry pattern in the weather.
South Carolina is in its Wildfire Season, SCFC officials said.
Cross Rural Fire Department responded to an outdoor blaze Thursday afternoon that entangled over 200 acres of woods in fire. Hours later, McClellanville experienced its own wildfire, initially estimated to be over 100 acres large. No injuries were reported and no structures were involved in the fires at the time of either incident.