Wildfires are the most common natural hazards in South Carolina. Approximately 5,000 wildfires occur in South Carolina each year. Wildfires can result from by natural causes, but most actually result from human action. The most common cause of fires is arson and debris burning. There is an average of 30,000 acres a year burnt by wildfires in the State.
Forest fires are a significant problem in each county in the Upstate Region. The majority of fires are caused by humans. Other causes of fire include lightning, campfires, smoking, debris burning, incendiary equipment use, and railroads.
More information about fire safety can be found here.
More information about wildfires can be found here.