- Always have a water source available, a garden hose will do wonders.
- Plan your burn around GOOD weather, watch a local news forecast a few days in advance. Click here to help with your weather forecasting
- Do not burn in windy conditions.
- Do not discard smoking materials from vehicles, use interior ashtrays.
- Lawn & farm equipment should have properly working spark arresters to prevent sparks from exiting through the exhaust pipes.
- All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) produce an enormous amount of heat and can ignite brush from their exhaust systems.
- Before leaving the fire make sure it is completely OUT, even a little ember, or a still smoking fire left unattended can become a BIG problem.
- If at any time you feel that the fire is beyond your comfort level, or obviously out of control dial 911 immediately. DO NOT WAIT AND TRY TO PUT THE FIRE OUT YOURSELF! CALL 911 A.S.A.P.!!!!!
Wildfire prevention is about keeping fires from starting. When using fire in or near woods, be extremely careful . Please remember that burning bylaws and burning bans are developed and implemented to protect your property and your community. Banning open air burning (campfires, burning barrels, or leaf/garbage burning) is only done after careful consideration of many factors, such as, the potential for fire start, potential for fire spread and ease of extinguishment is considered before a ban is ordered.
Adhering to safe burning practices can reduce the number of escaped fires resulting from backyard burning. People doing backyard burning must have hand tools, water and enough people on hand to keep the fire under control. Fires must not be lit or allowed to continue to burn when the wind is strong enough to cause sparks to be carried to other combustible material or when a notice banning or restricting the use of open fire is in effect. Controlled burns must be supervised at all times! Do not leave the burn area until you are sure the fire is completely extinguished!
Grass fires are a major concern for fire fighters. Grass fires that get out of control can cause serious damage. People must remember to place a firebreak around the perimeter of the fire area. Fires can escape easily if a wind picks up. Fires that get away can quickly engulf fences, power poles and buildings and can also spread to neighboring property or forested areas.
Careless use of campfires is one of the leading causes of forest fires. When building a campfire, select your campsite carefully. Prepare your campfire by removing all leaves, twigs and other flammable material from the area. Choose a proper fire pit or make a ring of rocks at least three yards from trees, shrubs, structures and debris. Don’t leave a campfire unattended, and do keep a pail of water close by at all times. Be certain your campfire is completely extinguished before you go to bed or leave the area. Pour water on the fire and douse the site thoroughly. Stir the campfire until there are no embers and the ashes are cold to the touch.