SOUTH CAROLINA (WSAV) – The South Carolina Forestry Commission is issuing a State Forester’s Burning Ban for all counties, effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The ban had previously been in place since Nov. 9 for only the 19 counties in the state’s Piedmont region.
State Forester Gene Kodama expanded the ban statewide because of weather conditions associated with an approaching cold front that presents an elevated risk of wildfire.
Forecasts for most of the state over the next week include gusting winds and very low relative humidity, which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly.
The ban was also enacted as a precautionary measure because so many of the agency’s personnel and resources are currently deployed to the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock State Park in Pickens County.
The National Weather Service will also be issuing a Red Flag Alert Saturday morning because of the expected cooler, windier and dryer weather.
A State Forester’s Burning Ban prohibits outdoor burning, which includes yard debris burning and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes.
While campfires and open-fire cooking are not included in the ban, the Forestry Commission strongly advises all citizens to be extremely vigilant until the ban is lifted.
The ban will stay in effect until further notice, which will come in the form of an official announcement from the Forestry Commission.