South Carolina Forestry Commission
Burn Notifications

SCFC Notifications for Forestry, Wildlife, or Agriculture

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.The law also requires that you take precautions to prevent your fire from escaping. You must have an adequate firebreak around the area to be burned, and you must have enough personnel, tools, and equipment on hand to keep the fire under control at all times. All burning for forestry, wildlife, and agriculture must comply with Smoke Management Guidelines. To make a notification call 1-800-777-FIRE (3473).

Current Burning Notifications for Forestry, Wildlife, or Agriculture

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Fire and Burning Information

Current Wildfires


Hazard Reduction - Reduce dangerous accumulations of fuels that naturally occur in southern forests (e.g. pine needles, vines, shrubs).

Hardwood Control - Reduce or control the amount of competing hardwood vegetation.

Disease Control - To control insects and disease such as Brownspot Needle Blight in longleaf pine, Fornes annosus root rot, and occasionally used to control white pine cone beetle.

Piled Debris - Vegetative debris from a land clearing or timber cutting operation moved into piles.

Field Pasture - To remove debris left after the harvest of crops such as corn, soybeans, and small grains. To improve the grazing quality of open field grasses such as Bermuda.

Ditch Hedge - Burning of ditch banks and hedgerows normally associated with agricultural operations.

Site Prep - To reduce debris left after a timber harvest and improve the site for planting or natural regeneration.

Wildlife Management - To improve habitat for wildlife species by stimulating fruit and seed production; increase occurrence of herbage, legumes and hardwood sprouts; create openings for feeding and travel.


Residential Yard Debris Burning

State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that you clean up from your yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits. The law requires that you clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control. You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe. In addition to state laws regulating outdoor burning, there may be other local ordinances. Be sure to check on this before burning.

Toll-free numbers allow you a quick, easy way to make your yard debris burning notification. Just dial the appropriate number, listen to the message, and leave your name, address and phone number.

Land Clearing, Construction,and Other Burning Information

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. Each county has a toll-free number to allow you a quick, easy way to make your burning notification. Just dial the appropriate number, listen to the message, and leave your name, address and phone number.