SC (WMBF) - A Red Flag Fire Alert is expected to be issued by the South Carolina Forestry Commission on Friday.
The alert will be issued for the entire state.
A Red Flag Fire Alert is a wildfire danger warning issued by the SC Forestry Commission. The Red Flag cautions that wildfire danger is increasing, and that outdoor burning could become difficult to control.
Nearly half of all SC wildfires are caused by escaped debris burns, according to the 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.
While the Red Flag itself does not prohibit burning, it may trigger certain county or local ordinances that do restrict outdoor fires.
Thursday, Horry County officials issued a burn ban for the county.