SC Forestry Commission demonstrating safe burning

ANDERSON, SC (AP) - Nearly a year after the worst wildfire in South Carolina history, officials are hoping a demonstration on safe burning techniques will help avert future disasters.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is conducting an outdoor burn demonstration on Wednesday at the Centerville Fire Department in Anderson. Residents are getting a chance to see how to safely burn leaves and other debris.

Officials hope their campaign will prevent disasters like last year's wildfire near Myrtle Beach. The fire that started in Conway after firefighters failed to extinguish a debris fire burned 31 square miles and caused $25 million in damages.

The Forestry Commission says more than 40 percent of South Carolina's wildfires start off as outdoor debris burns that get out of hand.

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