114 wildfires reported over weekend in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina forestry officials say there were 114 wildfires statewide during the past weekend.

Forestry Commission spokesman Scott Hawkins said in a news release Monday that more than 540 acres burned between Jan. 28-30, causing more than $94,000 worth of property damage across South Carolina.

Commission forest protection chief Darryl Jones says it is an indication that the state can expect a busier than usual fire season, which typically starts in late winter.

The largest fire was in Colleton County and burned about 150 acres of forest land on Saturday. It was caused by burning debris, which the Forestry Commission said was responsible for more than half of the wildfires.