Beaufort News

Bluffton bans outdoor burning

The town of Bluffton has banned outdoor burning until further notice, according to a spokesman for the Bluffton Township Fire District.

District crews responded to two small brush fires Tuesday, on Lake View Court and on Huggins Hollow Lane near Gibbet Road. Neither resulted in property damage or injuries, Capt. Randy Hunter said. Crews also battled a grassfire Monday on Persimmon Street, he said.

Residents caught burning within Bluffton town limits may be ticketed by police, Hunter said. Fire officials will notify residents as soon as the ban is lifted, he said.

State forestry officials have lifted a red flag alert for 14 counties in South Carolina's northeast but still warn against outdoor burning while high winds and low humidity persist. The S.C. Forestry Commission said Tuesday that firefighters responded to about 300 fires statewide over Presidents Day weekend, more than half of which began as debris burns that got out of control.