COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina forestry officials are on high alert this weekend as warm temperatures, low humidity and high winds increase the fire danger across the state.
The Forestry Commission has asked that people not to do any outdoor burning over the long Presidents Day weekend because of the dangerous conditions.
The commission promises to ticket anyone who loses control of a trash fire and will aggressively enforce laws that require anyone burning outdoors to notify the commission.
State law does not allow the commission to ban outdoor burning.
The heart of the wildfire season is at least a month away, but the Forestry Commission says it already has responded to 226 fires across the state this month.