Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services is asking all area residents to check their winter burn piles regularly over the next few weeks to ensure that, if burning is complete, the fire is actually OUT.
Fire prevention becomes extremely important as spring approaches. Loss of snow cover, lack of moisture, and typical windy conditions can fan embers laying low beneath burnt materials, and can cause a ground fire.
A few simple ways of ensuring a ground fire doesn’t flare up this spring include checking existing burnt material for heat and dousing hot spots; spreading material out to cool; or re-piling leftover material and burning again. Make sure that a Fire Permit is obtained for any burning being planned. Further information on safe burning practices is listed on the back of every County Fire Permit
Some further tips to help you avoid a potential holdover spring fire:
- ALWAYS obtain the assistance and guidance of your local Fire Guardian and make sure you have your Fire Permit on hand and available for authorities
- Check your burn piles frequently and have the appropriate extinguishing equipment on hand, Re-pile burnt piles
- Always obtain a new Fire Permit for any new or re-piled piles before lighting
- Before spring, go back and check those winter burn piles
- Extinguish any hot spots
- Walk the burn area
- Roll the debris over to check for further hotspots
- Probe the burned area to ensure there are no smoldering fires in the ground
- Stir the debris and water down hot spots
- Watch the wind conditions and continue to check burned areas for the potential light up