Open burning ban rescinded in Tazewell County

By WEEK Producer

Open burning ban rescinded in Tazewell County

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 10:39 AM CDT

TAZEWELL CO, Ill. -- The open burning ban that was enacted on July 13 has been rescinded.

Officials say residents may now conduct open burnings, but must be aware that dry conditions still exist and are urged to use caution.

The following precautions should be taken to ensure a safe burning experience: 

1. There should be at least a 20-foot circle of cleaned area around any fire pit. Within the circle, remove loose brush and debris as well as any other material that could burst into flame if hit by a random spark.

2. Use a poker or fire shovel to move and arrange burning logs and charcoal.

3. Fire pits should not be situated under low-hanging tree branches.

4. Spark screens help trap errant sparks from wood fires and reduce fire risks outside of the fire pit.

5. Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose and shovel handy to put out any stray fires.

Officials remind residents to never leave a burning fire unattended.

For more information on burning, please refer to http://www.epa.state.il.us/air/permits/openburn/open-burning-brochure.pdf.

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