Forestry Commission Lifts Burning Ban
State Forester Gene Kodama has lifted the burning ban for all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m Nov. 29. The revoking of the ban will again allow legally permitted burning statewide, though Forestry Commission officials still urge vigilance when burning outdoors.
A burning ban for the 19 counties in the Forestry Commission’s Piedmont administrative region has been in effect since Nov. 10. It was issued initially because of weather conditions in the Piedmont region that presented an elevated risk of wildfire. The ban was kept in place because of the limited availability of statewide firefighting resources and personnel, many of whom have been diverted to the Pinnacle Mountain fire in Pickens County.
Kodama said the ban is being lifted because of the recent rain combined with expected increases in the region’s precipitation and humidity over the next week.
Hurricane-related information and response
THurricane Matthew primarily affected forested areas in the eastern half of South Carolina. Forest losses were highly variable across the Pee Dee and coastal regions of the state, and the extent of damage that the Forestry Commission has seen was dependent on a variety of factors including tree species, age, and whether the stand(s) had been thinned recently. The Commission has been assessing storm damage on a widespread scale since the passage of the storm, sending personnel on a systematic survey of eastern counties to ground-truth the aerial observations made by agency pilots, foresters and other forest health professionals.
Please visit our special landowner information section, Managing Your Hurricane-Damaged Woods, for professional guidance related to safety, salvage, replanting, cost-share assistance, taxes and more.
Hurricane Matthew caused $200+ million in timber damage
The South Carolina Forestry Commission estimates Hurricane Matthew-related damage to the state’s timber resources at $205 million. The agency began assessing storm damage on a widespread scale Monday, Oct. 10, sending Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) personnel and other foresters on a systematic survey of coastal plain counties to ground-truth aerial observations made previously by Commission pilots and other forest health professionals.
Will my trees survive after the hurricane?
Hurricane Matthew damaged forests and community trees across large portions of South Carolina. Homeowners face the dilemma of deciding whether a tree can be saved or whether it is damaged beyond repair. The information and links in this article will help guide you in assessing the impact of storm damage to your trees so you can better determine your treatment options.
'Think Before You Burn" video kicks off SCFC fire prevention blitz
The South Carolina Forestry Commission recently produced a “Think Before You Burn” fire prevention video with help from its own agency personnel and from staff members of the Lexington County Fire Service. The video was made to support a larger statewide fire prevention blitz that Forestry Commission fire staff will be conducting from October through December and will be shared on the agency’s website, through its social media outlets and in public service announcements on radio and television.
Certified Prescribed Fire Manager courses scheduled statewide
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is offering training for individuals seeking to be a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Certification can reduce the liability for those conducting outdoor burning. Training sessions are scheduled as follows:
Oct. 11, 2016 - Columbia (postponed because of hurricane)
Oct. 26, 2016 - Florence
Nov. 15, 2016 - Moncks Corner
Jan. 11, 2017 - Columbia
Certification, which can reduce liability for those conducting outdoor burning, requires that individuals complete the one-day training, pass a written exam, and document one’s burning experience. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and close by 5 p.m. with an administered test. To register for the course, please complete the registration form at cpfm.htm, and mail it with your $50 registration fee. Applications are accepted on a first come-first served basis. The deadline for registration is three weeks before the course.
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