With all the talk about water in our region is time to temporarily switch gears and talk about fire safety.

Spring is here and many residents want to get in their back yards, light up their fire pits and roast some food over an open flame. That, according to Deputy Fire Chief for Special Areas Rob Palmer, is okay. It's a contained blaze and easy enough to monitor.

When it comes to open flames in more rural parts of our region, Palmer has noticed that even the smallest floating ember can cause a problem.

"We have some very dry field loads out there right now. There's no green grass to stop it (an uncontrolled fire)," said Palmer. "We're trying to deter any uncontrolled burns right now."

"Burning trash or bush piles or anything like that," he continued. "We're not allowing that right now."

He gives a perfect example to what can happen, so quickly, when burning items that can cause a grass fire.

"Garbage pits that were burnt two weeks ago; The winds came up and the fires(embers) got out of the pit and caused grass fires." he concluded.

Palmer suggests to anyone in our area that if you do plan on burning anything to make sure you call your local fire department. From there, the fire department can instruct you in safe and proper ways to control the fire.

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