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Spring 2024 Burn Window open till May 31, weather permitting

Simple precautions before igniting to ensure fewer escaped fires. Notify your local fire department of your intention to burn. If the brush file looks formidable ask someone in the Fire Department to take a look. They may recommend having a fire engine on the scene.

1. Clear away vegetation to create firebreaks between burn areas and adjacent fields, structures and trees.

2. Never burn on windy days, check your local weather forecast and plan to have fire out cold before afternoon winds develop.

3. Keep a charged hose and a shovel nearby. If a hose isn’t
possible, fill 5-gallon water buckets.

4. Never leave the fire unattended.

Open burning is regulated on a state level by state law and rule. Most counties and cities also have ordinances, so people wishing to
burn fields, ditches and waste piles should determine whether it is legal to burn before lighting anything.

Yard debris and slash piles are governed by stricter county and city laws, so the public should consult local ordinances. In addition, many areas are subject to Department of Environmental Quality requirements. It is always the responsibility of the person lighting and tending the fire to take the needed precautions
and prevent its escape. A permit or notification call does not relieve a person from liability if the fire gets away or damages someone else’s property, so good judgment is advised.

Notification of the nearest fire department before burning is required by law in ALL CASES. Failure to do so is a Class B misdemeanor. Many costly and embarrassing experiences could be avoided with a simple phone call.

Preparation beforehand can make the difference between success and disaster. In addition to preparations, slow and gradual lighting of an area allows for greater control of a fire’s pace.