If you want to burn...
Toll-free numbers to call in each county for yard debris burning notification.
The procedure for burning for forestry, wildlife management, or agricultural purposes. This includes burning for wildfire hazard reduction, brush control, endangered species management, wildlife habitat improvement, plant disease control, crop residue removal, and preparation of land for planting trees or agricultural crops.
If adjacent to woods, brush, or grassland, state law requires you notify the Forestry Commission before burning construction debris, trade waste, or vegetative materials from land clearing or right-of-way maintenance. Also included is any outdoor burning conducted for training purposes.
How to Report a Wildfire
A wildfire is any fire burning out of control in forests, grasslands, or brush. All citizens are asked to report such fires immediately. If you see a wildfire: CALL 1-800-777-FIRE (3473).
Be prepared to give the dispatcher:
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- The specific location of the fire
- Any other information that might be helpful.
When reporting any emergency, try to be calm and speak clearly.
Wildfires can also be reported to 911 if that service is available in your county.
How to Report Woods Arson
Woods arson is a common term for deliberately burning forests, grasslands, or brush without the owner’s permission. It is a major cause of wildfire in South Carolina. Woods arson is felony under state law, punishable by fines of up to $5000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years.
If you have information about a woods arson case, you can report it to: (803) 896-8838
Please give as much information as you have available, to include:
- Location and time of the fire
- Name of person responsible, if known
- Description of persons observed at the scene
- Description of any vehicles observed at the scene
- Any other pertinent information
- Your name and phone number (optional)
The Forestry Commission does not offer rewards for information. You can also report woods arson to the Arson Hotline: CALL 1-800-92-ARSON
The Arson Hotline is answered 24 hours a day by the State Law Enforcement Division. You can report information anonymously, and rewards are available if your information leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect.
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