South Carolina Forestry Commission lifts burning ban for South Carolina counties

South Carolina Forestry Commission lifts burning ban for South Carolina counties

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – According to the South Carolina Forestry Commission's media release, the burning ban has been lifted for all South Carolina counties.

Officials still urge people to take proper precautions when burning outdoors, the release states.

The ban was issued October 4 because of the limited availability of statewide firefighting personnel, whom deployed to eastern countries for hurricane evacuation and cleanup.

According to the release there are two types of public outdoor burning:

In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that people clean up from their yards. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.

Forestry, Wildlife, and Agricultural Burning

State law requires that the Forestry Commission to be notified before burning for forestry, wildlife management or agricultural purposes. This includes burning for wildfire hazard reduction, brush control, endangered species management, wildlife habitat improvement, plant disease control, crop residue removal and preparation of land for planting trees or agricultural crops.

To make notification, regardless of county, call (800) 777-3473.

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