Those suffering from various respiratory ailments are being warned that smoke from wildfires in the southern regions of Georgia can caused adverse health effects. Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Jim Beasley says satellite images indicate that the smoke from Georgia is making a bee line into the Palmetto state.
According to the DHEC alert, Aiken, Barnwell, Orangeburg, Lexington, Richland, and Greenwood are all likely to be affected by the smoke.
Beasley says any person who suffers from any kind of respiratory problem should make an effort to limit their exposure to the smoke that may be in the air. Beasley says people do not need to limit their outdoor activities altogether. However, he says the smoke may irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
Beasley says depending on the weather conditions, the smoke coming from Georgia could continue affecting areas of South Carolina for a while; also because of drought conditions, a number of wildfires in the state could also affect air quality periodically.