FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2012
SCFC INVESTIGATING ARSON FIRE
(Columbia, SC) -- The South Carolina Forestry Commission is investigating yesterday’s wildfire on Bazen Road in Florence County as arson.
No arrests have been made at this time. SCFC law enforcement investigators are on scene this morning and have determined that the fire, which was called into our dispatch center at 5:16pm yesterday and was fully contained by 7:56pm, was ignited in three places.
Estimated size of the arson fire is 50 acres.
Smoke from this fire prompted SCFC personnel to request smoke warning signs to be placed by Highway Patrol/public safety along Bazen Road overnight. Smoke and morning fog blended to create extremely poor visibility in the vicinity.
Forestry and timber-related businesses constitute the number one manufacturing industry in South Carolina. The South Carolina Forestry Commission is committed to protecting the Palmetto State’s public and private forest resources. These crimes cost SC landowners and tax payers millions of dollars each year.
The fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-92-ARSON.
News media, for more information, contact Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820
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 $1,800.00 of economic impact.