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SCE&G to Conduct Controlled Burns on Lake Murray Islands

CAYCE, S.C. (Nov. 30, 2018) – Beginning in December, SCE&G will conduct controlled burns on islands at Lake Murray to manage tree debris and overgrowth. The controlled shrubbery burns will continue through February 2019.

Working in cooperation with the South Carolina Forestry Commission, SCE&G’s registered foresters will monitor conditions to determine when the weather is ideal to safely conduct the burns. SCE&G typically conducts controlled burns during winter months when the weather forecast includes cold temperatures, low humidity and other factors that provide ideal conditions for smoke dispersion and control of the fire.

“Conducting controlled burns is the most effective and efficient way to reduce ground litter and underbrush,” said Billy Chastain, who manages lakes and park sites for SCE&G. “Burns also help promote new plant growth and make these islands safer for campers and recreational visitors.”

Throughout the process of conducting the burns, SCE&G will work with local law enforcement and emergency response agencies to coordinate communication and ensure public safety.

Completed in 1930, Lake Murray was built to provide energy for the Columbia area. Since then, it has become a major recreation area, and an abundant resource for drinking water, fisheries and wildlife habitats. For more information about Lake Murray, visit

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 727,000 customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 373,000 customers throughout the state.