Yard Burning Safety Tips

It's finally warming up outside, and most of you can't wait to get out and work on your yard. But if you're thinking about burning leaves or branches anytime soon, you might want to think again.

In fact, a number of out of control burns kept fire fighters busy this weekend. Gary Lech, Wausau fire department lieutenant, says the best times to burn in your yard is during the winter months when there's still snow on the ground.

"This time of year everything looks like it's greening up and it's safe, but it really isn't, " said Lech, "There isn't enough moisture, and any wind at all will blow sparks...and it will (catch) the grass on fire."

Lech advises if a fire gets too big too fast don't try to control it, just call 911 immediately. There are also plenty of yard sites to dispose of your leaves and branches safely without needing to burn them.

But Lech said if you do choose to burn, never do it near the woods or a dead patch of grass.

"If you are gonna burn make sure you have plenty of water available and the wind is not blowing," said Lech.

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