Now that the burn ban has been lifted, many of us are thinking of burning our brush piles. Here are some things to consider before light off:
- brush piles are actually beneficial for a variety of critters such as rabbits, song birds, quail and of course, some not-so-desireable ones including raccoons, skunks and possum
- brush piles eventually deteriorate and return the variety of remnants to the earth
If you wish to burn your pile(s), OVFD Assistant Chief Wayne Wolfford has some very important tips to follow:
- keep piles to a medium size 30-40 ft. in diameter
- clear grass away from around the pile 10-15ft.
- if it is a large pile, call OVFD a couple of days in advance so they can look the pile over
- OVFD will do a standby with 2-3 firefighters plus needed gear and equipment
- the day of the burn OVFD will look at wind, humidity, and temperature and will also notify the Colorado County dispatcher of the location of the burn
Safety for each property owner, resident, the ranch property and all of our neighbors is critical so please proceed with care and caution.