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Myrtle Beach area residents asked to postpone outdoor burning today

Weather and fire officials warn there is an elevated fire risk today and are asking residents to not conduct any outdoor burning.

“We are taking every precaution necessary to protect the residents of Horry County,” said Garry Alderman, fire chief of Horry County Fire Rescue. “It is imperative that when weather conditions such as these arise, that we refrain from burning, in order to prevent and control wildfires in our area.”

Increasing winds and low humidity are increasing the risk of fire today, according to an alert from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Southwest winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph today and humidity levels will drop to 25 to 30 percent today.

Residents are asked to delay any outdoor burning until Tuesday when winds will diminish and conditions improve, officials said.

Weather officials issued a fire warning for residents in Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick, N.C., counties.