/SECTION 1. Section 48-34-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-34-40. (A) For purposes of this section, 'South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines' means the most current version of those guidelines published and administered by the State Commission of Forestry entitled, 'Smoke Management Guidelines for Vegetative Debris Burning for Forestry, Agriculture, and Wildlife purposes in the State of South Carolina'.
(B) Prescribed fires conducted pursuant to this chapter:
(1) must have a written prescribed fire plan that:
(a) complies with the South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines;
(b) is prepared before authorization to burn is
given issued by the State Commission of Forestry ,; and the plan must be
(c) is on site and followed during the burn;
(2) must have present at least one certified prescribed fire manager
present and supervising who must:
(a) be certified by the commission;
(b) personally supervise the burn from ignition until
it is declared the certified prescribed fire manager determines the burn to be safe according to certification guidelines;
(c) fully consider both fire behavior and related smoke management issues during the burn;
(3) are considered in the public interest and do not constitute a public or private nuisance when conducted pursuant to
state air pollution statutes, the South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines, and regulations applicable to the use of prescribed fire Chapters 1 and 35 of Title 48, and Chapter 2, Title 50; prescribed fires that are purposefully set in accordance with these chapters and the South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines are exempt from the open burning prohibition pursuant to R. 61-62.2 and are acceptable to the Department of Health and Environmental Control if the fire is for:
(a) burning forest lands for specific management practices;
(b) agricultural control of diseases, weeds, and pests and for other specific agricultural purposes; and
(c) open burning of trees, brush, grass, and other vegetable matter for game management purposes;
(4) are considered a property right of the property owner."
SECTION 2. Section 48-34-50 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
No A property owner or lessee or his agent or employee conducting a prescribed fire pursuant to this chapter is not liable for damage, injury, or loss caused by fire , resulting smoke, or other consequences of the prescribed fire unless negligence is proven. A property owner or lessee or his agent or employee conducting a prescribed fire pursuant to this chapter is not liable for damage, injury, or loss caused by the resulting smoke of a prescribed fire unless gross negligence is proven."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.