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Welcome rain in fire season

Feb 25, 2011 11:04:00 AM - thestate.com
Nobody in South Carolina enjoyed the rainy morning more than firefighters.

After an incredibly busy week battling wildfires, they got a break on Friday.

But the wet weather system passed over the state quickly, dropping only about one-tenth of an inch of rain in most areas. Breezy conditions this afternoon and Saturday and warm temperatures mean fire danger will rise again quickly, said Scott Hawkins of the S.C. Forestry Commission.

Most of the state still will be under moderate wildfire danger this weekend. That’s better than the red flag conditions over much of the state last weekend.

The Forestry Commission reported 303 wildfires last weekend, with 20 structures destroyed, 43 structures damaged and $473,100 in non-timber losses. Forestry Commission officers wrote 107 tickets for outdoor burning violations.