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Red Flag Fire Alert issued for state, burn bans in effect

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a Red Flag Fire Alert effective Saturday for the entire state.

Weather conditions, which include sustained winds (20 to 30 mph), wind gusts (30 to 40+ mph), dry fuels, and low relative humidity, contribute to an elevated fire danger level, the South Carolina Forestry Commission said.

Traditionally, outdoor activities increase on weekends and lead to fire starts, according to the forestry commission.

According to the forestry commission, a Red Flag Fire Alert does not outlaw debris burning in most unincorporated jurisdictions, but it is an advisory which strongly encourages South Carolinians to postpone burning. Nearly half of all wildfires in our state begin as escaped debris burns.

It's important to check with your local fire officials to determine how a Red Flag impacts your community.

In compliance with this ban, Lexington County Fire Chief Brad Cox, has issued a ban on general debris burning in the unincorporated areas of Lexington County beginning Saturday, January 25 at 7:00 a.m. until the ban is lifted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

In accordance with the County of Lexington's Ordinance, all burning is banned with the exception of burns related to forestry, wildlife, agriculture and cooking for the immediate consumption of food.

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