The South Carolina Department of Health and environmental Control is alerting residents of the state that they should be aware of the continued risk for health effects related to smoke from wildfires. The smoke originated from fires burning across parts of central and western Canada and the western United States.
Smoke from these fires, which has drifted into the northern two thirds of our state, can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases.
It is expected that the health and visibility impacts from the smoke will be experienced in all regions of the state except the Lowcountry. A ridge of high pressure building offshore should bring cleaner air into the region for the beginning of the weekend.
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.