MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert for Pee Dee counties in reference to the numerous wildfires within the southern Appalachian Mountain region.
Darlington, Dillon Florence, Marion and Marlboro counties are under the alert starting at 12 a.m., Tuesday and going until 12 a.m., Wednesday.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates, which means those concentrations within the affected counties may approach or exceed unhealthy standards, according to the NWS alert.
Large smoke plumes from the wildfires are expected to create unhealthy breathing conditions where the smoke is most concentrated. This can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases.
DHEC recommends those with respiratory healthy issues should limit time spent outdoors to avoid the smoke.