A burn ban is issued Friday until further notice for all unincorporated areas of Horry County because of an elevated danger caused by atmospheric conditions, officials said.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. has provided the following information:
“Relative Humidity around 25 percent (30 percent Horry County coast) and winds of 20 mph sustained with gusts to 30 mph will combine with very dry fuels to create dangerous fire weather conditions Saturday late morning through evening. A Red Flag Warning may be issued Friday afternoon for Saturday.”
The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted all of eastern South Carolina as an area at an elevated risk for dangerous fire conditions on Saturday.
Horry County officials have a policy allowing them to institute an outdoor burning ban whenever there's a statewide red flag alert, or if weather conditions appear conducive to wildfires.
Outdoor burning will be banned until further notice.
This is the second time this week officials have issued a ban prohibiting outdoor burning for unincorporated parts of Horry County. The first ban was enacted Tuesday and lifted Wednesday when officials said weather conditions improved.
For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at 843-915-5190.