FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
Red Flag Lifted
(Columbia, SC) The statewide Red Flag Alert is now lifted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
Fire weather conditions have abated to include rain, higher relative humidity values, decreased winds, and cooler temperatures. These conditions also alleviate some of the strain on Forestry Commission equipment and personnel.
Due to a major structure fire in Horry County, a burning ban remains in effect there until lifted by the Horry County Fire Dept.
Preliminary fire statistics for the weekend from the Forestry Commission's dispatch centers are attached for reference. These numbers represent only those fires to which SCFC personnel responded and also don't include some fires (11 in total) which remain open and aren't archived.
Residents across the state are reminded that debris burning, even where allowed, lead to nearly half of all wildfires in South Carolina. Think before you burn.
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For more information, call Scott Hawkins, (803) 896-8820 or 803-360-2231.