Town Council recently voted to reenact a new Chapter 7 of Title 9 of the Municipal Code which changed the Town's outdoor burning regulations. As of April 1, 2014 open burning of yard debris such as leaves, grass and pine straw will only be allowed two days per month. Recreational burning is still legal with certain restrictions; the information provided will help you learn before you burn!
Due to the Statewide Red Flag issued by the South Carolina Forestry Commission burning will be cancelled on Saturday, March 11th.
The South Carolina Forestry Commission issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert, effective at 7 a.m. Friday. Weather forecasts for most of the state over the next three days include stronger-than-normal wind gusts and very low relative humidity, all of which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly.
"Today was one of the busiest fire days we’ve seen in a while - [more than 50 active fires statewide] - and it's because the conditions that led us to issue a Red Flag alert last weekend haven’t changed much," said Darryl Jones, SC Forestry Commission Fire Chief.The Town will allow burning of yard waste on the following Saturday's if conditions permit:
A permit is required to conduct Outdoor Burning of Yard Waste. Permits can be obtained at any fire station on Hilton Head Island.
All rules of existing permits will apply.
Citizens are encouraged to use the public drop-off sites:
Violations of the Burn Ordinance are punishable by
a fine of up to $1092.50 and 30 days in jail.