York County Code Red For Air Quality Due To Wildfires

Most of South Carolina is Under an Air Quality Alert

November 16th, 2016 – Due to the wildfires surrounding most of South Carolina’s western borders, the entire state is at risk of air quality problems of varying degrees.


What is an air quality action day?

According to DHEC, an air quality action day means that the fine particulate concentrations within the affected region may approach or exceed unhealthy standards, especially for those individuals sensitive to particle pollution.

A Code RED (Unhealthy) Air Quality alert has been issued for the following counties in South Carolina:

  • Abbeville
  • Aiken
  • Allendale
  • Anderson
  • Bamberg
  • Barnwell
  • Calhoun
  • Cherokee
  • Chester
  • Edgefield
  • Fairfield
  • Greenville
  • Greenwood
  • Laurens
  • Lexington
  • McCormick
  • Newberry
  • Oconee
  • Orangeburg
  • Pickens
  • Richland
  • Saluda
  • Spartanburg
  • Union
  • York

A Code ORANGE (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) Air Quality Alert has been issued for the following counties in South Carolina:

  • Beaufort
  • Berkeley
  • Charleston
  • Clarendon
  • Colleton
  • Dorchester
  • Georgetown
  • Hampton
  • Jasper
  • Kershaw
  • Lancaster
  • Lee
  • Sumter
  • Williamsburg

SC DHEC says that because of high pressure that will slowly move eastward into the Southeast US on Wednesday, the  with a rather dry and stable airmass will result in particle pollution.

Smoke from the fires can irritate the eyes and respiratory system, as well as aggravate or exacerbate chronic heart and lung diseases.

For more information and South Carolina DHEC recommendations for those with respiratory health issues, click here.

For information about the areas affected by the smoke, along with the location and current conditions of the wildfires, please visit https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires.

For additional information about smoke and its health affects, please visit http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/DisasterPreparedness/Wildfires/