Forestry Commission lifts burning ban for Pee Dee, Coastal counties

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COLUMBIA—State Forester Gene Kodama has lifted the burning ban for all Pee Dee and Coastal counties, effective 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The ban remains in effect for all Piedmont counties which include: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York.

The ban was lifted for the Pee Dee and Coastal counties because of reduced winds and increasing relative humidity in the forecast.

The statewide ban was issued last Saturday because of weather conditions associated with a cold front that presented an elevated risk of wildfire. Most of the state experienced gusting winds and very low relative humidity, which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly. The ban was also enacted as a precautionary measure because many of the agency’s personnel and resources are currently deployed to the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County. Two types of public outdoor burning are permitted in South Carolina:

Residential Yard Debris Burning State law requires citizens to notify the Forestry Commission before burning outdoors. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves,

State law requires citizens to notify the Forestry Commission before burning outdoors. 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. Find every county’s tollfree notification number on the SCFC home page or at https://www.state.sc.us/forest/fyard.htm.

Forestry, Wildlife, and Agricultural Burning State law

State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission 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. All burning for forestry, wildlife and agriculture must comply with SC Smoke Management Guidelines. To make notification, regardless of county, please call (800) 777-3473.

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