Boiling Springs, SC (Paul Kirby) – County firefighters fought a number of woods fires Monday and into the early morning hours of Tuesday as humidity levels hovered at low levels across the area and winds gusted unpredictably. Several stations had to return over and over again as fires either rekindled or concerned motorists and citizens saw the fires still burning within the firebreaks and called to report them as out of control again.
One of the largest was in the 900 block of Boiling Springs Road. This is close to where that road intersects with Founders Blvd. just southwest of Red Bank in an area that has been growing rapidly over the last few decades. This fire actually burned several acres.
Firefighters used pumpers and brush trucks, as well as water tankers to fight this fire. They returned several times later in the day and into the evening to make sure that it stayed under control and didn’t spread to unaffected areas.
Several other brush or wildland fires burned across other areas of the county as the wind kicked up in the afternoon. Many of the rural stations that weren’t actually committed to fighting fires of various sizes were responding to explain burn ordinances and procedures to homeowners who were burning outdoors. Most of these calls were as a result of nervous neighbors or motorists who called to report the unsafe burning that was out of compliance with the law.
In those cases, computer records of previous responses to an address can be and were checked. If a property owner has already received a warning about improper outdoor burning, they can be fined for violating the laws that outline the safe way to burn outdoors.
In order to check the safety level for outdoor burning in Lexington County, you should call the SC Forestry Commission at 1-800-705-8613. This telephone line allows you to receive the current fire danger level and leave a notification of your plans to burn in a controlled manner outdoors.
For more information about outdoor burning in Lexington County, you can contact the fire services at 803-785-8141.