Smoke from wildfires in neighboring states blows into much of SC - FOX Carolina 21

Smoke from wildfires in neighboring states blows into much of SC

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Party Rock fire (Source: Town of Lake Lure) Party Rock fire (Source: Town of Lake Lure)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Forestry Commission officials said residents in the Upstate and as far south as Aiken may see and smell smoke from the wildfires burning in Western North Carolina and neighboring states.

Officials said there are the smoke is coming from several dozen wildfires in western North Carolina, northeastern Georgia and southeastern Tennessee.

There are currently no large wildfires or prescribed burns occurring in South Carolina, officials said Wednesday.

“A cold front that passed through the southern Appalachians Monday night helped push a blanket of smoke southeast toward the Palmetto State, more than half of which is now covered with light smoke,” said Doug Wood, Director of Communications for the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Wood said the drought is fueling the fires.

“With very little rain in recent months, low relative humidity and extended drought conditions affecting much of the region, a series of wildfires has broken out to our west and northwest over the last few weeks.”

Forestry Commission Fire Chief Darryl Jones said the smoke likely will not dissipate until either the Appalachian wildfires are controlled or the state receives significant rainfall.

Jones said no South Carolina communities are at any immediate risk, but people with respiratory issues should be mindful of the smoke and increased particulate matter in the air.

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