Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fire Season

It’s that time of year here in Michigan. Its spring when the snow is melted away but the grass hasn’t started to grow. Its fire season, when people want to clean up their yards and get red of the brush and dead grass that’s lying around. It’s now that a spark from a burning brush pile, trash barrel, or cigarette can cause a fire that can burn fields and buildings before it’s stopped.

My Dad was a D.N. R. Fire Officer when I was growing up and this was always a busy time of year for him. We would get a nice day and people would be out working in their yards, next thing you knew there was a phone call about a fire. It was worse if it had rained earlier in the day, and then people thought it was OK to burn. What they didn’t realize was the rain soaked in and the dead grass was still tender dry.

Please call the Fire Department, if it’s not safe to burn they will tell you. If it is safe they can give you a burn permit. If you get a permit and are going to burn please make sure you have a hose handy and someone is watching the fire at all times. Remember in Michigan you can be made to pay for the cost of fighting the fire if it gets out of control.