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Outdoor burns dangerous this weekend

Feb 18, 2011 2:09:00 PM - thestate.com
Please don't start any fires outdoors in South Carolina in the next three days.

That is the plea of the S.C. Forestry Commission, which is forecasting conditions this weekend – low humidity, no rain and brisk winds – that promote wildfires.

Debris burns, which are responsible for more than 40 percent of all wildfires in the state, could be hard to contain, the commission said. Campfires can also get out of control and should be closely monitored.

From Feb. 1 to today, the commission has responded to more than 226 fires.

Enforcement of burning regulations will be stepped up. Outdoor burning plans must be reported to the commission and burns that get out of control will lead to fines.