CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Smoke from more than 30 wildfires across the southeast is making its way to the Lowcountry.
Most of the wildfires are located between Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and upstate South Carolina. Governors of both North Carolina and Tennessee have issued a state of emergency.
20 of the wildfires in North Carolina are being investigated for suspected arson. A man was arrested in Tennessee after he admitted to starting a brush fire.
Here in the Tri-county, many people are concerned about how the smoke can affect their health. Dr. Rebecca Rupp with St. Francis Roper says she has seen many patients come in with respiratory complaints.
She says it is not uncommon to suffer from smoke induced cough, congestion, wheezing, and shortness of breath. People with asthma or other upper respiratory conditions are at greater risk to feel the affects of air pollutants.