The Burton Fire District has responded to over 28 brush fires so far this year, with almost half of those fires occurring in the last week, the most notable occurring last Monday when an unattended brush fire got out of control on Jasperstone Circle and destroyed one mobile home, damaged another, and threatened two more.
“The weather is getting better and people are cleaning up their yards and doing so by burning their yard debris,” stated Burton spokesman Daniel Byrne. “Some just aren’t doing it safely.”
Burton firefighters are urging residents to check with their local fire department to ensure that they are burning legally and what the procedures are; as well as, follow simple safety rules:
* Make sure burn piles are 50’ from any combustible structure and not under any trees. Fires in burn containers can reduce that to 15’.
* Ensure you have a continuous water source, such as a hose, that is available and can reach the entire burn area.
* Make sure the fire is constantly attended by a competent sober adult.
* Watch the wind and where burning embers are landing
* Ensure fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Know some fires can smolder for days and quickly reignite with the slightest breeze.
Firefighters encourage residents to invite them to check their burn area to ensure it is safe before burning, and to call 911 at the slightest indication burning is becoming unsafe.
“All it takes is one ember to destroy a life, so please be careful,” stated Byrne.
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