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National Weather Service Fire Weather

1. Charleston (CHS) Alternate Site 1.
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2. Columbia (CAE) – Forecast also includes some Georgia counties. 

Alternate Site 1Alternate Site 2.
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3. Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) – Forecast also includes some Georgia and North Carolina counties. Alternate Site 1.
Alternate Site 2 Forecast Images

4. Wilmington (ILM) – Forecast also includes some North Carolina counties. Alternate Site 1Alternate Site 2.
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Common National Weather Service abbreviations

Detailed fire weather – Fuels, fire danger, preparedness, outlooks etc.

NWS GLossary

National Weather Service in Columbia

Air Quality Forecast

The National Weather Service measures transport winds in MPH rather than knots. Use the table below to determine category day.

Smoke Management
Category Day
Afternoon
Ventilation Rate *
10 – 17,249
217,250-34,499
334,500-51,749
451,750-68,999
569,000 or greater

*Ventilation rate equals transport wind speed multiplied by mixing height.
Transport wind speed is measured in MPH and mixing height is measured in feet.

Click on county for today’s fire weather forecast. If the link fails try the alternate site above.


Abbeville County
Aiken County
Allendale County
Anderson County
Bamberg County
Barnwell County
Beaufort County
Berkeley County
Calhoun County
Charleston County
Cherokee County
Chester County
Chesterfield County
Clarendon County
Colleton County
Darlington County
Dillon County
Dorchester County
Edgefield County
Fairfield County
Florence County
Georgetown County
Greenville County
Greenwood County
Hampton County
Horry County
Jasper County
Kershaw County
Lancaster County
Laurens County
Lee County
Lexington County
McCormick County
Marion County
Marlboro County
Newberry County
Oconee County
Orangeburg County
Pickens County
Richland County
Saluda County
Spartanburg County
Sumter County
Union County
Williamsburg County
York County