Residents of South Carolina should be aware of possible health effects related to smoke from wildfires in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported Monday.
Depending on wind conditions, multiple areas could be affected. Monitors are indicating elevated levels of particulate matter in several areas of the state. Currently, the upstate counties are most affected. However, areas of the state north of I-20 and west of I-77 are at risk.
"Smoke from these fires can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases," according to Rhonda Thompson, Chief of the Bureau of Air Quality.
People near the wildfires should monitor the situation closely. See the South Carolina Forestry Commission website for the most up to date information (www.state.sc.us/forest).
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For information about the areas affected by the smoke, along with the location and current conditions of the wildfires, visit https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires.
For additional information about smoke and its health affects, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/DisasterPreparedness/Wildfires/.