Preparation and Suppression

Before you burn, be prepared.  Pick your spot and gather your tools for extinguishment. 

  • Consult Setbacks and fire location information before constructing your outdoor fire.
  • All wood burned must be seasoned a minimum of 4 months.
  • Keep your material dry when storing before you burn.
  • Have a phone handy to call 911 if a problem occurs.
  • Keep water nearby for extinguishment.
  • Have tools to conduct fire suppression such as shovel or rake and wear protective clothing such as leather gloves and safety goggles to prevent burns.
  • Conduct a Fire Watch during burning and after extinguishment.  
  • Never leave your fire unattended.

Plan your fire and choose your day. Storing material for open fires is critical for efficient burning and smoke prevention. Keep this in mind when building your Open Fire

  • If the material is packed to densely or loosely it will burn inefficiently and produce unnecessary smoke.  Your goal is to make a hot fire.  A hot fire has fewer unburnt particles (smoke)
  • Wet material makes dense smoke that vents poorly because of the high content of moisture in the smoke. 
  • Poorly venting smoke is a health hazard and concern for your neighbors and yourself.
  • Consult the Venting Index for weather conditions that support good or fair venting.
  • Never Burn in strong wind conditions
  • Never leave your fire unattended
  • Completely extinguish your fire with water
  • Category 2 and 3 fires must be extinguished by 4 pm