HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert through the holiday weekend as of 7 a.m. Friday morning.
The alert is intended to discourage people from doing any outside burning due to weather conditions. Weather forecasts over the next 3 days include sustained high winds, strong gusts and very low relative humidity. This type of atmosphere has the potential for outdoor fires to escape easily and spread fast.
"The convergence of all these particular weather patterns creates very favorable conditions for wildfires," said SCFC Fire Chief and Forest Protection Director Darryl Jones. Jones added, "and with this being a long holiday weekend, with many people off work and doing things outside – including things like cookouts and debris burning – the potential for danger is even higher.
The Red Flag alert does not prohibit outdoor burning, but it strongly encourages citizens to voluntarily postpone all burning until the alert is lifted.
Horry County has been placed on a burn ban for all unincorporated areas until further notice.