State forestry officials are discouraging outdoor burning this weekend, saying the breezy and dry conditions make it more likely a fire will get out of control.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission said the alert that went into effect Friday does not outlaw outdoor burning, but is a warning that fires can easily spread under the conditions. The alert will remain in effect until it’s lifted by the commission. The agency says its fire managers will be continuously monitoring the situation throughout the weekend.
“The conditions are right for fires to escape fairly easily,” Forestry Commission fire chief Darryl Jones said. “If they do escape, it’s going to be harder to stop them from spreading.”
While a Red Flag Fire Alert is not an official ban, it does trigger ordinances in some counties that restrict outdoor fires. An outdoor burning ban is currently in effect for Lexington County, according to county public safety director David Kerr.
Bill Dubensky contributed to this report