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Brush fires continue despite SC red flag warning


Firefighters continue to battle brush fires even after South Carolina issued a red flag warning.

"Conditions are very favorable for fires to get loose," said Lt. Brandon Padilla of Midland Valley Fire Department.  

The lack of humidity and the high winds are the perfect conditions to fuel a minor brush fire into a major problem, prompting the South Carolina Forestry Commission to issue a state wide red flag alert.

Midland Valley firefighters have been working around the clock since Saturday morning to put out a brush fire off of Jefferson Davis Highway. Drivers could still see the smoke from the highway on Sunday as embers continue to smolder.

"We've been out here about every two hours, you get somebody out here to make sure it stays contained," said Lt. Richie Woodward.  

Sunday's smoke was not nearly as bad as it was on Saturday; billowing throughout the area, making conditions hard to breathe and even see.

"It was a lot of smoke and wind blowing," said nearby resident Rusty Britt.  

Firefighters said the wind is the worst part.

"If the wind would die down, I think we would be alright but we are still going to have someone out here monitoring to just keep an eye on it," said Lt. Woodward.  

They told FOX54, there are ways people can prevent these types of fires. 

"The best thing to know about a red flag is to not burn," said Lt. Padilla. "Limit all outdoor burning to anything that is just a necessity and make sure you go through your forestry commission to get a burn permit and make sure a burn permit is legal in your area."

Burning advice they ask everyone to take seriously.

No word yet on what caused the fire; the South Carolina Forestry Commission is investigating.

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