Statewide red flag fire alert takes effect Friday afternoon

Statewide red flag fire alert takes effect Friday afternoon

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Following Horry County's issuing of an outdoor burn ban on Thursday, the South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a statewide red flag fire alert, which becomes effective at 12 p.m. Friday.

According to a press release, the purpose of the alert is to discourage residents from doing any outdoor burning when weather conditions present an elevated wildfire risk.

The forecast for the next three days includes stronger-than-normal wind gusts and very low relative humidity for most of the state, the release stated.

"We're going to see very favorable conditions for wildfire ignitions this weekend, particularly with the relative humidity values, which will remain low at least until next week," said Darryl Jones, SCFC fire chief.

The red flag alert does not prohibit burning outdoor burning, provided that all other state and local regulations are followed. The outdoor burn initiated by Horry County on Thursday remains in effect until further notice.

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