FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2012 1550 hrs.
FORESTRY COMMISSION ISSUES RED FLAG FIRE ALERT FOR PARTS OF STATE
Alert to Begin at 7PM and Will Remain in Effect Until Further Notice
(Columbia, SC) The South Carolina Forestry Commission is issuing a Red Flag Fire Alert for all counties within its PEE DEE and COASTAL operating regions effective at 7:00 tonight. These counties are listed below.
A Red Flag Fire Alert does not necessarily outlaw outdoor burning. It means that Fire Management staff with the Forestry Commission strongly advises postponing outdoor burning until weather and fuel conditions improve. Be advised, however, that there are a few counties where local ordinances do ban outdoor burning under Red Flag conditions.
An approaching weather system this weekend is expected to bring high winds, low relative humidity and only a negligible amount of rain. These conditions will make debris burns difficult to control and they support the spread of wildfire. Combined with the Commission’s diminished firefighting capacity (due to budget cuts and a shrinking personnel roster), on-going drought conditions, and the tendency for fire starts to spike during weekends, SCFC staff have chosen to issue this Red Flag Alert.
Red Flag Alerts are issued to protect the public and reduce the number of fires our crews will have to suppress.
Counties affected in the Commission’s Pee Dee operating region:
Counties affected in the Commission’s Coastal operating region:
This Alert remains in effect until further notice. Suspected wildfires should be promptly reported to 911 or the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center, 1-800-777-FIRE.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SCOTT HAWKINS @ 803-360-2231 or (803) 896-8820
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource
For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,800.00 of economic impact.