Wednesday, January 8, 2014
COLUMBIA – In the coming winter months, the South Carolina State Park Service will conduct prescribed burns at Cheraw and Givhans Ferry state parks, and Hampton Plantation State Historic Site near Charleston.
Because these activities are weather-dependent, precise dates and times of the burns will be known approximately 24-72 hours prior to the burn, and immediate advance notice will be provided to local fire and law enforcement officials.
Trails and roads in and around the parks can be affected during burns. Any closures will be temporary and clearly posted.
Prescribed burns are a regular tool of the State Park Service for land restoration, habitat preservation (which is important for threatened or endangered species) and the reduction of fuels that feed forest fires.
Clearing the undergrowth also helps to create attractive view sheds and to control insects and pests.
For more information during a burn, contact Valerie Carter-Stone at email@example.com or 803-734-0151. A downloadable brochure about prescribed burns is available from the S.C. Forestry Commission at www.state.sc.us/forest/mpb.htm.