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Pinnacle Mountain Fire Closures

Portions of Jocassee Gorges east of Hwy 178 are closed due to wildfire danger.

Burning, including campfires, will not be allowed on any Jocassee Gorges lands until further notice.

However, as of Tuesday, Nov. 29, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has lifted the general ban on outdoor burning that was previously in place for all 19 counties in the SCFC’s Piedmont administrative region. The revoking of the ban will again allow legally permitted burning statewide, though Forestry Commission officials still urge vigilance when burning outdoors.

State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission before burning for forestry, wildlife management or agricultural purposes. This includes burning for wildfire hazard reduction, brush control, endangered species management, wildlife habitat improvement, plant disease control, crop residue removal and preparation of land for planting trees or agricultural crops. All burning for forestry, wildlife and agriculture must comply with SC Smoke Management Guidelines. To make notification, regardless of county, please call (800) 777-3473.

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Burning ban lifted for all Piedmont counties

This photo taken Monday morning shows the plume of smoke from Rocky Mountain where the fire that had escaped the northern containment line continues to burn. Hand crews continue to make progress around this new section of the fire.
This photo taken in the morning of 11-21-16 shows the plume of smoke from Rocky Mountain where the fire that had escaped the northern containment line continues to burn. Hand crews continue to make progress around this new section of the fire.

State Forester Gene Kodama is lifting the burning ban for all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m. The revoking of the ban will again allow legally permitted burning statewide, though Forestry Commission officials still urge vigilance when burning outdoors.

SCDNR launches Coyote Harvest Incentive Program

Map of Boundary of Waccamaw Hunting Closure
Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Coyote Harvest Incentive Program was created by a Budget Proviso (47.10) passed by the 2016 South Carolina General Assembly. This proviso directs the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to develop and implement a coyote tagging and reward program.

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