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Red flag fire alert lifted for Myrtle Beach area

The red flag fire alert for 14 counties in the Pee Dee area, including Horry and Georgetown counties, has been lifted, according to a news release from the S.C. Forestry Commission.

No county in the state is under a red flag alert, which means conditions are likely for wildfires.

The red flag was issued Feb. 18 and lifted late Monday, said Scott Hawkins, forestry commission spokesman. During that period fire department and forestry officials respond to 138 fires in the Pee Dee and 303 fires across the state.

More than half of those fires began as escaped debris fire, Hawkins said. Even though the alert has been lifted, Hawkins said forestry officials want residents to postpone outdoor debris burns until the windy, dry weather ends.

Anyone who suspects a wildfire should call 911 or the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center: 1-800-777-3473.