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Red flags to fly at Horry County fire stations

Red flags will fly at Horry County fire stations when dangerous wildfire conditions are present, said Leslie Yancey, public information officer with Horry County Fire Rescue.

Red flag alerts do not prohibit outdoor burning, but are issued by the South Carolina Forestry Commission when there is a wildfire danger, Yancey said. A red flag is used to alert residents that wildfire danger is increasing and outdoor burning could become difficult to control.

“We are taking every precaution necessary to protect the residents of Horry County,” said Garry Alderman, Horry County's fire chief. “It is imperative that when a red flag alert is issued, and the community sees the flags flying, that they refrain from burning in order to prevent and control wildfires in our area.”

For more information call Horry County Fire Rescue at 915-5190 or visit