Smoke from wildfires in Southern Georgia is adversely affecting the air quality in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Department of Health and Environmental Control says that coastal residents should be aware of possible health effects as the smoke continues to linger in the area. The air quality in the Charleston area is being categorized as “unhealthy.” Smoke from the wildfires has been noticeable in eastern and southern parts of South Carolina. Persons with repertory health issues should limit the time they spend outdoors until the air quality improves. DHEC recommends staying inside to avoid the smoke and keep windows and doors closed. If you’re using an air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent the smoke from the outside from getting indoors.
The fires are about 200 miles away in extreme Southern Georgia. Southwesterly winds are pushing the smoke into the Lowcountry.