Officials urge caution over outdoor burning


DOWN, BUT WE’LL TAKE IT. Octavia: THE SOUTH CAROLINA FORESTRY COMMISSION IS ASKING YOU TO BE CAREFUL WHEN IT COMES TO ANY OUTDOOR BURNING OF INCREASED THREAT OF WILDFIRES. BECAUSE OF THE RAIN FROM HURRICANE DORIAN, OUR PART OF THE STATE IS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN ALL OF SOUTH CAROLINA WEST OF HERE. NORTHERN MARLBORO AND WESTERN CHESTERFIELD ARE IN MODERATE DROUGHT. RICHLAND, ORANGE BURG AND CALHOUN COUNTIES ARE IN A SEVERE DROUGHT. LAST YEAR THE FORESTRY COMMISSION RESPONDED TO 200 WILDFIRES. THE AVRM FOR SEPTEMBER IS 0R89. WE BROUGHT IN EXPERTISE FOR THE FEDERAL FOREST SERVICE AND PARTNERS TO HELP US PREPARE SOME MESSAGING AND FIRE DATA TO HELP US MAKE DECISIONS. WE HAVE OUR AIRPLANES FLYING MORE FREQUENTLY TO DETECT FIRES. WE CAN FIND THE FIRES SMALLER, THEY ARE EASIER TO STOP AND LESS TIMES INVOLVED AND PEOPLE THREAT BED.

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