SC Forestry Commission lifts burning ban for Pee Dee and Coastal counties, still in effect for Piedmont counties

SC Forestry Commission lifts burning ban for Pee Dee and Coastal counties, still in effect for Piedmont counties
A Pinnacle Mountain Fire in Pickens, S.C. Source: The South Carolina Forestry Commission

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A burning ban that was in place for the entire state has been lifted for some counties.

State Forester Gene Kodama has lifted the burning ban for all Pee Dee and Coastal counties, effective 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The ban was lifted for the Pee Dee and Coastal counties because of reduced winds and increasing relative humidity in the forecast.

The ban remains in effect for all Piedmont counties which include: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York.

The burning ban was prompted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. The South Carolina Forestry Commission says that the ban will be in place until further notice.

"The higher winds and lower relative humidities across the state, combined with so many of the agency's resources devoted to the Pinnacle Mountain Fire, prompted the ban." The South Carolina Forestry Commission said Friday. "The National Weather Service will also be issuing a Red Flag Alert Saturday morning because of the cooler, windier and dryer weather approaching."

A State Forester's Burning Ban prohibits outdoor burning, which includes yard debris burning and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes.

While campfires and open-fire cooking are not included in the ban, the Forestry Commission strongly encourages all citizens to refrain from any unnecessary burning.

In addition to the burn ban, residents are reminded about the air quality alert. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for coastal Charleston and Beaufort until 12 a.m. Friday. During a code orange, active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

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