Crews planning controlled burns at Francis Marion National Forest through August

Crews planning controlled burns at Francis Marion National Forest through August
Crews battled a structure fire early Sunday morning in Dorchester County. (Source: AP)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials are planning prescribed burning operations at Francis Marion National Forest through the end of August.

The Forest Service says the actual dates of these operations will be dependent on weather and fuel conditions.

"The purpose is to lessen hazardous fuel accumulations, to provide communities and residents greater wildfire protection, maintain, improve and restore fire-adapted ecosystems and to maintain and improve habitat for federally listed endangered species," Forest Service officials said in a statement.

Authorities released the following additional information:

The Francis Marion Ranger District is planning prescribed burning operations beginning 3/22 and may continue through the end of August. The actual dates of operations will be dependent on weather and fuels conditions.

The purpose is to lessen hazardous fuel accumulations, to provide communities and residents greater wildfire protection, maintain, improve and restore fire-adapted ecosystems and to maintain and improve habitat for federally listed endangered species. Prescribed fire replicates a fire regime under controlled conditions. Prescribed fires will only be ignited when weather and smoke requirements are compliant.

It is part of a prescribed burning project involving controlled fire covering approximately 10,000 acres for fiscal year 2018.
Burning operations will be conducted by district personnel and other fire resources from the Francis Marion National Forest, partners and cooperating agencies. Please obey posted signs when driving in the forest and we ask you to watch and slow down for District fire personnel and other work crews working close to roadways. Thank you.

For additional information, please contact the Francis Marion Ranger District (843) 336-2200.

For information on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, check out our website at:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/scnfs/

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