South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008

SC FORESTRY COMMISSION URGES SAFER AG BURNS DUE TO DROUGHT

(Columbia,SC)–South Carolina Forestry Commission personnel have observed a number of wildfires originating during seasonal wheat field burn-offs.  SCFC recognizes the importance of this practice and the benefits it provides as a land management tool.  Current drought conditions however can turn a normally benign agricultural burn into a powerful wildfire with just a slight shift in the wind and/or inadequate burn site preparations.  Here are a few tips from SCFC foresters for keeping wheat field burns under control:

 

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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 about $1,000.00 of economic impact.

 

 

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

 

 

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