Forestry Commission urges caution when conducting outdoor burns

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The Forestry Commission is urging extreme caution if you are doing any burning outdoors. The Forestry Commission says they recorded 32 wildfires Thursday, mostly in the central and eastern parts of the state.

“While we haven’t had a lot of wind, which usually contributes greatly to fast growing wildfires`, much of the state is just in a long drying pattern. The lower-than-forecasted RH values today didn’t help,” said SCFC Fire Chief Darryl Jones. “When fuels are really dry, the heat released from outdoor burning can exacerbate the conditions that lead to fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly.”

The commission is asking the public to exercise caution when conducting outdoor burns of any kind.

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