Smoke from wildfires cause smokey scene, smell in the Lowcountry

Smoke from wildfires cause smokey scene, smell in the Lowcountry
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Source: WIS
Source: WIS

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A wildfire burning near Blue Ridge, GA has grown to historic levels. The Rough Ridge fire is now an estimated 10,000 acres. Fire crews say it nearly doubled in size overnight. There are also wildfires burning in the North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina areas.

Nearly a dozen large fires were uncontainable, with about 14 more breaking out on Thursday alone.

Those wildfires are causing an impact in the Lowcountry air.

Many residents in the Lowcountry have reported seeing smoke and smelling a burning scent.

But luckily for residents, a cold front that is coming through late Friday night should help clear things out by Saturday morning.

A state of emergency is in effect for 25 western North Carolina counties where active wildfires are burning, and a burn ban is in place in all Piedmont counties because of the persistent drought and gusty winds.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a burning ban Wednesday for Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties. The commission extended the ban to all piedmont counties effective 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

The counties now under a burning ban are Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York.

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