South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

January 30, 2008


(Columbia,SC)–-Winter in South Carolina offers up the best weather for an ancient, yet still critical land management practice-- prescribed fire.  Currently, foresters, farmers and others are busy lighting large scale, low intensity fires to renew their land and protect it from uncontrollable wildfire.  Controlled burns have been a part of the SC landscape since Native American times.

Science and technology have refined the process.  Trained forest managers decked out with appropriate fire-resistant clothing and gear, wait for precise weather conditions which not only promote slow thorough burning of vegetative debris on the forest floor, but also keep in check fire’s behavior.  Relative humidity, wind and other factors influence the fire.  They are measured before and during a professionally conducted burn.  South Carolina Forestry Commission personnel and consulting foresters in private practice statewide are available to make sure any planned burn meets the stringent smoke management and safety guidelines which keep landowners on the right side of the law.  It takes adequate manpower and equipment to conduct a proper prescribed fire.

Prescribed fire promotes strong, healthy forests.  In fact, the native Long Leaf Pine is a fire-dependant species.  Long leaf stands are also the habitat for the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  It’s not uncommon to see SC wildlife biologists out there using fire too!

Hunters have long known the benefits fire has for creating wildlife habitats for game.

Perhaps most importantly, prescribed fire eliminates the threat of a costly and deadly wildfire in South Carolina.  The men and women you see thoughtfully and safely conducting a prescribed burn are protecting property and lives by removing the fuels wildfire feeds on.




The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource.  For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,000.00 of economic impact.


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




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