Lexington County has joined the Pee Dee region in a ban of outdoor burning as officials worry about the danger conditions pose for wildfires.
The Lexington County Fire Service issued a ban on general debris burning this monring for unincorporated areas of Lexington County. The ban includes all outdoor burning except for fires related to forestry, wildlife and agriculture burns, and fires for cooking food for immediate consumption.
South Carolina’s top forestry official declared an outdoor burning ban in the Pee Dee and a so-called Red Flag fire alert for the rest of the state Tuesday.
A persistent drought, hot temperatures, and a the lack of rain have combined to raise the risk of forest fires particularly high, said Scott Hawkins, spokesman for the South Carolina Forestry Commission.
Couple those facts with state and local fire fighting personnel and equipment stretched to their limits and “the situation is scary,” Hawkins added.