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DHEC Issues Wildfire Smoke Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Residents of South Carolina should be aware of possible health effects related to smoke from wildfires that originated from fires burning across parts of central and western Canada and the western United States, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported on Wednesday, July 21st. 

Smoke from these fires, which has drifted into the northern part of our state, can irritate the eyes and respiratory system as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases. 

Depending on wind conditions, multiple areas could be affected. However, it is expected that the most significant health and visibility impacts from the smoke will be experienced in areas roughly along and north of a line from Myrtle Beach to Columbia to Abbeville. The most significant effects should occur Wednesday Night and Thursday, though effects may last into Friday.

DHEC recommends individuals with respiratory health issues limit time spent outdoors to avoid the smoke. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

For more information, please visit DHEC's website at: scdhec.gov/disaster-preparedness/wildfires-protect-yourself

For more information about the location of the wildfires, please visit: fire.airnow.gov.

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