South Carolina's new regulations on open burning are in effect. Under these new open burning regulations, it is illegal to burn: Household garbage and trash; Paper; Motor and waste heating oils; Tires and other rubber products; Plastics; Paints; Household cleaners; Farm chemicals; Electrical wire; Construction waste from commercial development;

No construction waste may be burned during the ground-level ozone season, which begins April 1 and ends October 30.

Allowed burning under this rule includes: fireplaces, camp-fires, outdoor barbecues and bonfires for festivals and other occasions. Yard trimmings may be burned if local ordinances allow it and it does not cause a public nuisance.


State law requires that you notify the Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that you clean up from your yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits. The toll-free numbers below allow you a quick, easy way to make your yard debris burning notification. Just dial the appropriate number, listen to the message, and leave your name, address and phone number. 800 517-9640 for Spartanburg County. See the Forestry web site for other counties.

The law requires that you clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control. You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.

In addition to state laws regulating outdoor burning, there may be other local ordinances. Be sure to check these before burning.

If you are burning anything outdoors other than small yard debris and leaves, you are probably burning illegally. Getting a permit to burn does not give you permission to burn. This permit only notifies the Forestry Service that you are burning. You are still responsible for any damages that occur.


48-35-10. Starting fire in woodlands, grasslands, and other places shall be unlawful unless certain precautions are taken.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or lessee of land or any employee of such owner or lessee or other person to start, or cause to be started, a fire in any woodlands, brush lands, grasslands, ditch banks, or hedgerows or in any debris, leaves or other flammable material adjacent thereto, except under the following conditions: (a) Proper notification shall be given to the State Forester, or his duly authorized representative or other persons designated by the State Forester. The notice shall contain all information required by the State Forester or his representative. (b) Such persons shall have cleared around the area to be burned and have immediately available sufficient equipment and personnel to adequately secure the fire and prevent its spread. (c) The person starting the burning shall supervise carefully the fire started and have it under control prior to leaving the area.

Smoke from outdoor burning can pollute the air and cause health problems. That is why there are State laws to limit outdoor burning.

It is illegal to open burn: Household garbage and trash; Paper; Motor and waste heating oils; Asphalt materials (shingles, tar); Tires and other rubber products; Building materials unless burning untreated wood at a construction site; Plastics; Paints; Household chemicals; Agricultural chemicals; Electrical wire, or any material for its metal content.



Open burning of leaves, tree branches or yard trimmings originating on the premises of private residences and burned on those premises.

Open burning in connection with the preparation of food for immediate consumption.

Campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes, ceremonial occasions, or human warmth. Fires set for the purpose of human warmth must use only clean wood products (woody vegetation, leaves, or wood which is not coated with stain, paint, glue or other coating material, and not treated lumber).

Fires purposely set in accordance with Smoke Management Guidelines for Vegetative Debris Burning Operations in South Carolina, administered by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and acceptable to the Department to include the following:

Prescribed burning of forest lands for specific management practices; and Fires purposely set for agricultural control of diseases, weeds, pests, and for other specific agricultural purposes. Open burning of trees, brush, grass and other vegetable matter for game management purposes.

Open burning in areas other than predominantly residential for the purpose of land clearing or right-of-way maintenance. This will be exempt only if the following minimum conditions are followed:

The location of the burning must be a sufficient distance but not less than 1000 feet, from public roadways and all residential, commercial, and industrial sites not a part of the contiguous property on which the burning is conducted. Winds during the time of the burning must be away from any area in which the ambient air may be significantly affected by smoke from the burning if that area contains a public roadway or a residential, commercial, or industrial site. The material to be burned must have been generated onsite and not moved to the site from another location; The amount of dirt on the material being burned must be minimized; No heavy oils, asphaltic materials, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, or any materials other than plant growth may be burned; The initial burning must be started only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; no combustible material may be added to the fire between 3:00 p.m. of one day and 9:00 a.m. the following day; No more than two piles 30' x 30' or equivalent may be burned within a six acre area at one time; and In the case of land clearing, all salvageable timber and pulpwood must be removed.

Fires set for the purposes of training firefighting personnel and conducted at permanent fire-fighter training facilities. Prior Department approval is required in order to obtain the exemption as a permanently established training site. Fires set for the purpose of fire-fighter training at non-permanent locations must receive Department approval prior to the initiation of any burning activity. Materials used for fire-fighter training cannot contain asbestos, heavy oils, asphaltic material, plastic or rubber without express written consent from the Department.

Open burning on the property where it occurs of residential construction waste from building and construction operations will be exempt only if the following conditions are met:

The material being burned is residential construction waste associated with the building and construction of one and two family dwellings only; The location of the burning is at least five hundred (500) feet from any occupied structure other than a dwelling or structure located on the property on which the burning is conducted; Heavy oils, treated wood products, asphaltic materials, items containing natural or synthetic rubber, or any other trade wastes which produce smoke in excess of forty (40) percent opacity are not burned; The burning does not occur during the ozone season (April 1 through October 30); and The burning is conducted only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.;

Open burning, in remote or specified areas:

For nonrecurring unusual circumstances. For experimental burning for purposes of data gathering and research.

However, prior approval for these types of burning (in subparagraph H above) must be obtained from the Department.

SECTION II - General

A written report or warning to a person of a violation at one site shall be considered adequate notice of the Regulation and subsequent observed violations at the same or different site will result in appropriate legal action.

Open burning may be conducted in certain situations if no undesirable levels are or will be created. The authority to conduct open burning under this Regulation does not exempt or excuse the person responsible for the burning from the consequences of or the damages or injuries resulting from the burning and does not exempt or excuse anyone from complying with other applicable laws and with ordinances, regulations, and orders of governmental entities having jurisdiction, even though the burning is otherwise conducted in compliance with this Regulation.

The Department reserves the right to impose other or different restrictions and exemptions on open burning in addition to those enumerated above, whenever in the judgment of the Department such is necessary to realize the purpose of this Regulation.

*Remember if you start a fire you are responsible for any damages that occur.*


The Primary Mission of the REIDVILLE AREA FIRE DISTRICT is to Provide a Variety of Services Designed to Protect Lives and Property of the Community we Serve, and Mutual Aid to the County of Spartanburg, By Providing Prompt and Professional Service. Our Specific Area of Responsibility; Public Fire Education, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, and Disasters or Any Other Event, Natural or Man Made, Which may Threaten the Citizens We Serve.