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Burning ban lifted in SC

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The South Carolina Forestry Commission has lifted a statewide ban on burning.

The State Forester's Burning Ban, went into effect on Oct. 5 for all counties Hurricane Matthew approached the Carolinas.,

The ban prohibited outdoor burning including yard debris and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes.

The burning ban was declared in order to reduce possible wildfire ignitions.

On Tuesday, the SCFC lifted the ban.

Per the SCFC, 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, 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 toll-free notification number on the SCFC home page or at https://www.state.sc.us/forest/fyard.htm.

Forestry, Wildlife, and Agricultural Burning

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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