South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2008

WILDFIRE PREVENTION WEEK KICKS OFF WITH FIREWISE STORYTIME AT LIBRARY

(Columbia, SC) The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to team up with the Richland County Public Library for the kickoff to Wildfire Prevention Week.

FireWise Storytime is open to all ages.  Foresters from the Forestry Commission will be on hand to read fire related library books to children and will offer safety tips to adults and children alike on how to prevent wildfires in our community.  The FireWise mobile exhibit will be on display featuring exciting interactive tools that illustrate the importance of fire safety and the science behind wildfire.  The Forestry Commission will also demonstrate some of the equipment used in putting out South Carolina’s most aggressive wildfires.  Young visitors will even get to try on some of the high-tech flame-resistant clothes that wildland firefighters wear to keep them safe!   

 

10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12

Richland County Public Library

1431 Assembly St.

 

Wildfire Prevention Week is a statewide effort by the South Carolina Forestry Commission to bring awareness to the dangerous and costly effects wildland fires have on the Palmetto State.

 

Forty percent of all wildfires start as yard debris burns that get out of control.

THINK before you burn

 

For more information contact Scott Hawkins @ 803-360-2231 or visit www.trees.sc.gov for photos, statistics and info about South Carolina’s wildfire threat in 2008.

 

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For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820

 

 

 

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