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Controlled burning to take place in Horry County

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Forestry Commission and The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a controlled burning, during January through May on selected days.

The controlled burning will take place on the 9,383 Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve. In 2009, a wildfire burned across the Lewis Ocean Bay property. Since then, several hundred acres have been replanted in native longleaf pine.

The benefits of controlled burning:

Controlled burning provides many benefits to the numerous wildlife species that use the property including the black bear, white-tailed deer, and the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker.

• Controlled burning also provides required habitat for many of the threatened and endangered plant species that exist on the area as well.

• Controlled burning also reduces or eliminates combustible fuels which accumulate on the forest floor thereby reducing the potential for destructive wildfires.-according to a SC Forestry Commission Press Release

In the next four months, other Horry County Heritage Preserves, such as Cartwheel Bay Heritage Preserve and Little Pee Dee Heritage Preserve will likely have some controlled burning being conducted.

Day-of burn notifications can be tracked on the South Carolina Forestry Commission website at

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