As the spring weather season is in full swing, I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone about the dangers that pose a very real threat to you and your property. As the seasons change, so do the types of fire hazards. Please take a moment to read the items below. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Fire Station during business hours and ask for me or the Duty Officer. Remember to call the fire station prior to burning in the event there are burning restrictions in place.
Outdoor Burning/Brush Fire Safety
Brush and wildland fires can present a serious threat to lives and property. High winds, warmer temperatures and drought conditions make fire seasons progressively worse. Recently, the incidence of brush fires has risen dramatically in Wisconsin.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, across the U.S., wildfires have burned over 59 million acres in the past decade. While South Central Wisconsin is not known for the large wildland fires that regularly affect some western states, dry conditions, low humidity and strong winds can often combine to create dangerous brush and wildland fires. Arid and windy conditions can lead to wildfire dangers at any time of year.
To prevent the spread of fires started to burn brush and debris, keep in mind the following precautions:
•Check for local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
•Keep fire a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings.
•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.
Remember, you must have a burning permit and must call the fire station prior to burning any brush.
Blooming Grove Fire Department