TODAYS FIRE DANGER LEVEL
High fire danger means all fine dead fuels ignite readily and fires start easily from most causes. Unattended brush and camp fires are likely to escape. Fires spread rapidly and short distance spotting is common. Fires may become serious and their control difficult unless they are attacked successfully while small. Outdoor burning should be restricted to early morning and late evening hours.
For those who are not in an area where a burn ban is in effect and who must burn please follow these tips to safely complete your burn, just remember if you controlled burn escapes you can be held liable for suppresion costs and damages that the fire causes.
In many rural areas, pile burning and burn barrels are viable ways to get rid of vegetation debris – tree branches, brush cuttings, needles, and leaves. And with proper site preparation and forethought, people can burn this sort of debris with reasonable safety.
Taking the time to plan an open burning project, preparing the burn site, and equipping yourself with basic fire suppression tools before lighting the match will dramatically reduce the chance of a burn pile fire getting out of control and becoming a 911 call.
Following are seven simple tips to help ensure you have a safe and effective debris burn.