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SCFC: Prescribed Burns Reduce Wildfire Dangers

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The South Carolina Forestry Commission fought fire with fire Friday in Union County.

Foresters burned off fuel for future wildfires like leaves, pine needles, and twigs. This the time of year when dangerous wildfires can get out of control fast, said Brad Bramlett with the SCFC.

"We don't burn it all the way to the ground, we just kind of burn the top layers off," explained Bramlett, pointing to the pine straw layers on the ground.

Last week in Horry County, a brush fire spread quickly burning dozens of homes at a condominium complex.

Foresters say it's a good reminder to make sure people are "fire ready."

Tony Harris has worked with the Forestry Commission for many years. He says replacing pine straw near homes could reduce the hazard - if a fire were to break out.

"It can be dangerous, this time of year, March, April. It can definitely get away in a hurry," Harris explained.

The SCFC says March is typically the worst month for wildfires in the state. They say 98 percent of all wildfires in South Carolina are caused by people and careless debris burning is the leading cause.

Landowners can request the Forestry Commission to come out to their property to do a prescribed burn.

There is a flat rate of $21 dollars an acre and a minimum charge of $500 dollars. Go to the SCFC website for more information.


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