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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2005

CROP STUBBLE BURNING REGULATED BY STATE LAW

(Columbia, SC) - Farmers planning to burn crop stubble are subject to the state’s outdoor burning law, according to Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Chief Mike Maggard.

The law is simple, said Maggard. You must make sure the burn site is surrounded by an adequate firebreak, have enough help on hand to keep the fire under control, and notify the Forestry Commission before starting the fire. The law further requires that you stay with the fire until it is completely safe.

Crop stubble burning is further regulated by the state's Smoke Management Guidelines. Maggard said that these regulations limit the amount of smoke that can be generated, and prohibit releasing smoke into any area where it could present health or safety problems.

Smoke is a major concern in South Carolina, said Maggard. “If your smoke causes a problem, you’re liable for damages,” he said.

Notifications for agriculture, forestry, or wildlife management burning must be made to the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center. The dispatch center can be reached 24 hours a day by dialing 1-800-777-FIRE (3473).

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For more information, contact: Ken Cabe , 803-896-8820.


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