Burning ban now in effect for entire state

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The South Carolina Forestry Commission expanded its burning ban to the entire state of South Carolina, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 19.

The ban was previously for only the 19 counties in the Piedmont region. According to a post on the SC Forestry Commission’s Facebook page, 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.

The ban was also put in place because many of the state’s resources have been deployed to the Pinnacle Mountain Fire at Table Rock State Park.

A State Forester’s Burning Ban prohibits outdoor burning, which includes yard debris burning and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes.

Campfires and open-fire cooking are not included in the ban, but the Forestry Commission advises everyone to use caution during this time.

The ban will be in effect until further notice.