SC foresters ask for protection for planned fires

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Forest managers and landowners in South Carolina are asking lawmakers to give them more protection from lawsuits when fires they intentionally set inadvertently damage property.

Forestry experts said at a House Judiciary subcommittee meeting Thursday that they sometimes need to set fires to burn debris so wildfires won't spread as fast.

The experts asked legislators for protection from lawsuits when smoke or fire strays on to other property as long as the foresters who set the fire weren't grossly negligent.

The measure has been sent to the full Judiciary Committee.

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