Because of strong winds and low humidity, authorities are asking area residents to postpone any outdoor burning and Horry County Fire Rescue also announced a burn ban for all unincorporated areas of the county beginning Thursday.
The ban was issued after weather officials issued alerts that dangerous fire weather conditions would develop on Thursday, said Brian VanAernem, an Horry County Fire Rescue battalion chief.
Gusty northwest winds are expected to develop as a strong cold front moves through the area, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. Low relative humidity values between 20 to 25 percent also increases the fire danger in the area.
By Thursday evening, forecasters said that the winds should decrease and humidity levels should rise, which will help the fire danger in Horry County.
Residents should postpone any outdoor burning until conditions improve, VanAernem said.