Red Flag Fire alert issued for South Carolina

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a Red Flag Fire Alert for the entire state.

It will go into effect at 7 a.m. Saturday and be in effect until the Forestry Commission lifts it.

"Weather conditions, which include sustained winds (20 to 30 mph), wind gusts (30 to 40+ mph), dry fuels, and low relative humidity, contribute to an elevated fire danger level. Traditionally, outdoor activities increase on weekends and lead to fire starts. This is an important consideration in the decision to fly the SCFC Red Flag," said spokesman Scott Hawkins.

The Red Flag Fire Alert does not make burning illegal in most unincorporated areas, but the Forestry Commission says nearly half of all wildfires in South Carolina start as escaped debris burns, so it's best to avoid it.

The Forestry Commission advises that some local laws do ban burning during a Red Flag Fire Alert, so it's best to check with your local agencies.

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