South Carolina Forestry Commission
Wildfire Activity

SCFC Wildfire Activity

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Symbol Definition
Active Wildfire Active Wildfire
Fire contained or controlled Contained or Controlled Wildfire (Fires remain on map until archived at end of day or IF fire is contained but not controlled)


DISP = Unit(s) dispatched.
ENRT = Unit(s) enroute.
ONSC = Unit(s) onscene.
SUSP or CMPL= Last Forestry Commission unit has left scene, waiting on information for report.

Fire in CMPL status remain on the map until archived at end of day or if they are still being monitored by Forestry Commission personnel.

Map Disclaimer

Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, the South Carolina Forestry Commission makes no guarantees of any kind in regard to this data and it is provided for information purposes only. It is not to be used as an exact location reference. In no event shall the Forestry Commission be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content.


Fire and Burning Information

If you see other smoke, it may be coming from Current Outdoor Burning Notifications.

Fire Causes

  1. Lightning - a wildfire caused by lightning.
  2. Campfire - a wildfire resulting from a fire started for cooking or for providing light or warmth. (Exclude campfires set by children or associated with railroad operations.)
  3. Smoking - a wildfire resulting from smokers using matches, lighters, tobacco or other smoking material. (Exclude wildfires resulting from children smoking or smokers associated with railroad operations.)
  4. Debris Burning - a wildfire spreading from land clearing operations, right-of-way clearing, range burning, field burning, the burning of slash, trash burning or any other prescribed burning (includes the burning of land for game management, fire hazard reduction, hardwood or pest control, etc.). Excluded are railroad operations and children caused fires.
  5. Incendiary - a wildfire deliberately set by anyone to burn or spread to vegetation or property not owned or controlled by him without the consent of the owner or his agent. This includes grudge, job, range, pest control, hunting- related, and pyromaniac source fires.
  6. Equipment Use - a wildfire caused by equipment. This includes fire resulting from a wreck/crash, exhaust or fuel sparks, friction and the use of electrical equipment (power lines, electric fences, etc.). Exclude railroad operations.
  7. Railroad - a wildfire caused by railroad operations or anything or anyone associated with a railroad. This includes train brakes, carbon sparks from the engine, burning cargo, fusee fires, R/W maintenance, etc.
  8. Children - those wildfires started by children under 12 years old. This includes playing with matches, fireworks, smoking, building campfires, etc.
  9. Miscellaneous - includes all wildfires which cannot be properly classified under other general causes. Examples are bee tree, animal den, outdoor washing, military operations, irresponsible adults and accidental fires (those that occur from something unrelated to the forest).
  10. Fireworks - includes wildfires caused by fireworks and/or pyrotechnic devices containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals that emit sparks or cause a spectacular explosion when ignited (does not include fires intentionally set by fireworks).
  11. Powerlines- wildfires that normally result from conductor failure or faulting, insulator failure, hardware failure, birds and small animals, or arcing from live powerlines to the fuel below.??
  12. Structure- fires spreading to the wildland due to failures and activities associated with a structure (example, a burning home sets the woods on fire).


The South Carolina Forestry Commission is responsible for protecting 13.6 million acres from wildland fire; this includes 12.2 million acres of commercial forestland.

The Forestry Commission has a statewide wildland fire prevention, detection and control network in place. Personnel are assigned throughout the state in a series of unit, regional, and headquarters offices. The largest single group of employees -wildland firefighters -report directly from their residences in responding to wildland fires. Forestry Commission dispatch is by closest available resource, regardless of political or administrative boundaries.

There are approximately 439 county, municipal, and volunteer fire departments operating 1,122 fires stations in South Carolina. Most of these fire departments respond to wildland fires and control a large number of the wildland fires before they become destructive. The fire departments and the Forestry Commission work together to control wildland fires. Most of the fire departments are not equipped to control wildland fires that have burned beyond areas that can be reached from roads.

Forestry Commission firefighters respond to more than 3,000 wildland fires burning about 20,000 acres per year; 98% of the wildland fires are caused by human activities. Fire departments respond to more than 20,000 grass, brush, woods, or rubbish fires per year.


Fire and Burning Information

Current Notifications