Protect From Fire

Reduce the Chance of a Wildfire

Wildfires can be extremely dangerous. They have the ability to last for days, threatening lives and causing extensive damage to your land. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce the chance of a wildfire by learning about prescribed fires and other wildfire prevention measures.

FAQs

How do wildfires start?

Most wildfires are caused by human activities, either accidentally such as escaped debris burns or intentionally (arson).

Are all fires bad?

No, prescribed burns are healthy for the woodlands and are generally recommended when conducted in a safe manner. Contact your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561) to learn more about prescribed burns.

What happens to land that's caught on fire (unintentionally)?

Not only can lives and property be threatened as large acres of woodlands are damaged, but important species can also be harmed, in turn negatively affecting the woodland's ecosystem for years to come.

What are the easiest ways to know if woodland is ready for fire season?

Contact your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561) and map out a plan to manage your woodlands.

Who should I reach out to in order to learn more about keeping woodlands safe during fire season?

Your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561) is here to help you manage your land and create a plan to ensure your woodlands are ready for fire season. Also visit the South Carolina Forestry Commission website to learn more.

What are some simple tactics to safe-guard woodlands from fire season?

Walk your land regularly to know what plants and species are on your property. Discuss what's on your land with your local forester. Check for brush that needs to be cleared. Firebreaks can be installed to reduce the risk of wildfires. Always follow and adhere to state and local regulations. Create firebreaks where wildfire risks from neighboring properties are high and natural breaks such as roads or streams do not exist.

How do I protect my home from wildfire?

There are several actions you can take to mitigate the risk your property faces from wildfire. Creating defensible space around structures, using FireWise landscaping, hardening your structure with non-flammable materials, and creating good access for emergency responders are all important practices.

Key Resources

Outdoor Burning: Information, Regulations And Assistance

(South Carolina Forestry Commission)

Information About Wildfires

(South Carolina Forestry Commission)

Wildfire Risk Reduction in the Wildland-Urban Interface

(South Carolina Forestry Commission)

Equipment & Services provided by SCFC (PDF)

(South Carolina Forestry Commission)

SC Prescribed Fire Council

(South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council)

Plan Your Burn

(Southern Fire Exchange)

One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

(Ready for Wildfire)