America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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South Carolina Wildfires

South Carolina has nearly 3 million people living in areas at elevated risk of wildfires, and the state is taking strong action to address its current wildfire risks. It has also begun to take some action to address its future risks. It has taken steps to evaluate its vulnerability to future wildfires and developed an adaptation plan.



For more information on how prepared South Carolina is for its growing drought threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is South Carolina Taking Action?

  • South Carolina takes part in the national Firewise program, and provides support to its communities to help protect themselves from the impacts of wildfires
  • The planning reports, Climate Change Impacts to Natural Resources in South Carolina and the South Carolina Statewide Forest Resources Assessment and Strategy, address how climate change may affect wildfire characteristics, and identify strategies to reduce wildfire vulnerabilities
  • South Carolina has not yet developed a statewide climate change adaptation plan that covers all sectors relevant to wildfires and could take more steps to implement resilience strategies

Did you know...

  • More than 60% of South Carolina lives within the wildland-urban interface, where developed and wild lands converge and intersperse, and vulnerability to wildfire is elevated
  • By 2050, South Carolina’s average number of days with high wildfire potential is projected to double from 10 to slightly more than 20 days a year