SC forestry officials lift fire warning

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State forestry officials have lifted a red flag alert for 14 counties in South Carolina's northeastern corner but are still warning against outdoor burning while high winds and low humidity persist.

The Forestry Commission said Tuesday that firefighters responded to about 300 fires statewide over the long President's Day weekend. Officials say more than half of those fires began as debris burns that got out of control.

More than 100 acres burned Monday in Spartanburg County in a fire that officials say started when a tree limb touched a power line. About 50 acres burned Monday afternoon in 1 of 3 fires in Lancaster County.

There is no burning ban, but officials say allowing a fire to get out of control can lead to fines and court costs of $450 or more.

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