Outdoor fires banned in Darlington County

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DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – Outdoor fires have been banned in Darlington County because of high temepratures, dry gounds, low humidity and wind.

The fire chief in Darlington County, Ricky Flowers, issued the burn ban shortly after the SC Forestry Commission issued a statewide Red Flag Alert.

Chief Flowers said in a statement, “High temperatures, dry grounds, low humidity, and mild winds can be an extremely dangerous combination.”

 Part of the statement also said:

The South Carolina Forestry Commission currently shows our area to have a fire danger rating of“very high”. This means “fires start easily from all causes and, immediately after ignition, spread rapidly and increase quickly in intensity. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in light fuels may quickly develop high intensity characteristics such as long range spotting and fire whirlwinds when they burn in heavier fuels.”

The City of Conway also issued an outdoor burn ban.

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