Firefighters consider effects of burn ban

HORRY COUNTY (WMBF) - While some wonder why there is no burn ban in place after the fires that took place this week, firefighters want people to know that they take many things into account before placing a ban, and this week's conditions were not enough to put one into effect.

Battalion Chief Kenny Todd says they have to think of everyone before placing a ban, and that burning is very important to farmers and how they make a living.

Owner of Thompson Farms, Scott Thompson, says people should know the chemicals farmers use are less toxic than what people use in their everyday households.

He says for diesel fuel to get out there on a tractor is very expensive and if they couldn't produce new crops, then you could see a rise in the cost of produce. He says burning is definitely the cheapest alternative for everyone.

Battalion Chief Todd says farmers are usually exempt from burn bans because they have the right strategy and experience to burn. He explains that they have perimeters around their fires and are usually very good at maintaining fire breaks.

Before the county places a ban, they look to collaborate with South Carolina Forestry and check many other factors including wind speed and humidity. He says if we don't see rain soon, there might be a burn ban next week.

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