Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect, discourages outdoor burning - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect, discourages outdoor burning

Source: Pixabay Source: Pixabay
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A statewide Red Flag Fire Alert is now in effect as of Friday morning.

A Red Flag Fire Alert is a wildfire danger warning issued by the SC Forestry Commission, according to its website. The alert serves as an advisory from forestry officials to avoid any outdoor burning.

Higher wind gusts combined with low humidity over the next few days can create the potential for outdoor fires to spread rapidly, officials say.

State Forestry Commission Fire Chief Darryl Jones called Thursday one of the busiest fire days they have seen in a while with more than 50 active fires statewide.

“We’re asking that people voluntarily postpone any burning they’ve planned because the wind speeds and relative humidity over much of the state through the weekend will create an elevated potential for fire danger,” Jones said.

A Red Flag Fire Alert does not prohibit outdoor burning as long as all other state and local regulations are followed, the commission's site states. However, a Red Flag Fire Alert does trigger certain county or local ordinances that restrict outdoor fires, so residents should contact their local fire departments to check whether such restrictions apply in their areas.

The alert will remain in effect until the commission lifts it. Fire response teams will continuously monitor the situation throughout the weekend.

Copyright 2017 WCSC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Man arrested after barricading self in Bald Pate Road residence

    Man arrested after barricading self in Bald Pate Road residence

    Sunday, June 17 2018 11:42 PM EDT2018-06-18 03:42:01 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media Stock Image)(Source: Raycom Media Stock Image)

    A man is in custody after he barricaded himself in a residence on Bald Pate Road in Bloomingdale.  WTOC's Crystal Howard is on scene working to get more info and bring updates to this story.  Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A man is in custody after he barricaded himself in a residence on Bald Pate Road in Bloomingdale.  WTOC's Crystal Howard is on scene working to get more info and bring updates to this story.  Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • One suffering from serious injuries after shooting near West 37th Street

    One suffering from serious injuries after shooting near West 37th Street

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:16 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:16:50 GMT
    Source: WTOCSource: WTOC

    The Savannah Police Department is investigating a Sunday morning shooting at the intersection of West 37th Street and Harden Street. 

    More >>

    The Savannah Police Department is investigating a Sunday morning shooting at the intersection of West 37th Street and Harden Street. 

    More >>
  • Hwy 170 in Bluffton re-opens after head-on collision

    Hwy 170 in Bluffton re-opens after head-on collision

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:14:53 GMT
    (Source: Bluffton PD)(Source: Bluffton PD)

    Bluffton Police said both lanes on Highway 170 in between the two entrances to the Heritage at New Riverside are closed due to a head-on collision.  

    More >>

    Bluffton Police said both lanes on Highway 170 in between the two entrances to the Heritage at New Riverside are closed due to a head-on collision.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly