The South Carolina state forester has lifted a statewide burning ban.
The ban, normally issued if dry weather increases the risk of fire, was issued last week due to concerns about only a limited number of firefighters available as many responded to Hurricane Florence and flood response efforts in eastern South Carolina.
In a release Monday, Forestry Commission officials still urged vigilance when burning outdoors.
Two types of public outdoor burning are permitted in South Carolina: residential yard debris and prescribed forestry/agriculture burns.
State law requires citizens to notify the Forestry Commission before burning outdoors. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that people clean up from their yards. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits.
The law also requires landowners notify the Forestry Commission before 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.
All burning for forestry, wildlife and agriculture must comply with SC Smoke Management Guidelines. To make notification, regardless of county, please call (800) 777-3473.