May 19, 2017 9:50 a.m.
Warm weather expected over the next several days brings an increased risk of fire to the area.
Kyle Reed of the Douglas Forest Protective Association says a few days of sunshine and warm weather is all it takes to dry out landscapes and make them more susceptible to wildfires. Reed says DFPA is asking people to take extra caution when working with fire and to consider a number of tips:
*Check with your local fire department to see if burning is allowed as fire restrictions may vary from one fire district or town to another.
*Consider alternatives to burning like composting, or taking the debris to the landfill.
*Don’t burn prohibited material. That includes rubber or plastic products, tires, garbage, petroleum, asphalt, or industrial waste and any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.
*The burning of logging slash requires a burn permit year round. Any material left over from the commercial harvest of timber is considered logging slash.
*Debris piles should be completely surrounded by a fire trail that is scraped to mineral soil before ignition begins.
*Residents should have a shovel and charged garden hose ready at the burn site.
*Divide large piles into smaller piles as the smaller piles burn more quickly and are easier to control.
*Do not burn in areas that are inaccessible.
*Avoid burning during windy conditions.
*Stay with the fire while it is burning.
*If your debris burn escapes control call 911 immediately.
Kyle Reed says that people who have burned debris piles at any point this spring are encouraged to go back and check them for any signs of heat or smoke. If not properly extinguished, debris piles can smolder for weeks or even months before popping back to life on a warm, windy day.
Get more information about fire safety at www.dfpa.net.