South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

September 18, 2002

South Carolina’s First FIREWISE Communities Workshop

(COLUMBIA, SC) - On Tuesday October 15, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will host the first South Carolina FIREWISE Communities workshop. The one-day workshop, at Harbison State Forest’s Environmental Education Center, is designed to bring together firefighters, emergency workers and the homeowners and community leaders who are involved in planning, developing and protecting wildland-urban interface communities.

South Carolina firefighters battle more than 4,000 wildfires in an average year - many more than some of the western states where wildfires receive extensive media coverage. As South Carolina’s population expands into formerly rural areas, these wildfires have become more difficult to control, threatening lives and property as never before.

The FIREWISE program emphasizes ways that communities and individual homeowners can create a more fire resistant environment. Workshop participants will learn about the program, participate in simulation exercises, and brainstorm to come up with creative solutions.

Featured speaker will be Florida’s FIREWISE coordinator, Jim Harrell who will describe how the program works in a southern state which has been plagued by large-scale wildland-urban interface fires.

There is no charge for the FIREWISE workshop. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Please pre-register by contacting Anne Kyle: e-mail (

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