14 Mar Outdoor Burning & Brush Fire Safety
MACOMB, IL — The National Weather Service says dry conditions and warm temperatures will result in an increasing threat of grass fires during the afternoon hours of Sunday and Monday.
Emmet – Chalmers Firefighters tend to see many outdoor grass and brush fires as people like to do outdoor spring cleaning when the weather warms, including burning brush and grass.
Grass and brush fires can present a serious threat to lives and property. High winds, warmer temperatures and dry conditions can cause outdoor fire to easily get out of control.
To prevent the spread of fires started to burn brush and debris, keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Check for local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
- Keep fire a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings.
- Create a firebreak by clearing/removing dry grass and brush from around the burn area.
- Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start the fire.
- Do not leave a fire unattended.
- Have fire extinguishment materials on hand, including a water supply, shovels and rakes.
- Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds pick up.
- DO NOT delay a call for help – call the fire department immediately at the first sign of the fire getting out of control.