About a tenth of an inch of rain fell and a red-flag fire alert for Beaufort County was lifted Tuesday by the S.C. Forestry Commission.
Alerts for other Lowcountry and Pee Dee counties also were lifted, the commission said in a news release. No areas of the state are currently under red-flag alert.
Dry, cool air and high winds swept through much of the state on Friday, prompting the Forestry Commission to issue the alert. About 120 wildfires were reported to the commission statewide through the alert period, the release said.
Under an ordinance passed in September, open outdoor burning is prohibited in unincorporated Beaufort County when the commission issues a red-flag alert, which warns of increased potential for wildfires. Previously, if conditions became dry and dangerous, state fire officials could suggest residents in unincorporated Beaufort County refrain from burning, but they couldn't bar the practice.
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Although fire weather conditions are improving, South Carolina is in the middle of its annual late winter/early spring fire season, and long-term drought conditions persist statewide, the Forestry Commission news release said. The commission still urges residents to postpone outdoor burning.
For more information on fire safety, wildfire statistics, the commission's dispatch center operations and tips for responsible outdoor burning, go to www.trees.sc.gov.