TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – For many, the nicer weather means getting yards back into shape for the spring and summer, but warmer weather also brings a danger of brush and grass fires.
Firefighters said people are eager to get outside and get their yards nice and tidy after this winter, but they need to be cautious when it comes to burning yard waste.
Kevin McCombs with the Wabash Township Fire Department said the department has already assisted with a couple brush fires this year. He said with the warmer weather, grasses will start drying out.
Also, spring’s winds can cause these fires to spread. He said these fires can start from brush, they can start in a field, or they can take off in a yard. He’s even seen them spread across a highway. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of it during a burn.
“Try to be conscious of what you’re burning [and] where you’re burning. You need to stay with it at all times, keep a water source. And if you’re out in the county, notify the sheriff’s department,” said McCombs.
McCombs said the sheriff’s office will then notify the fire departments to let them know controlled burns are going on.
McCombs wants to remind people not to burn any trash, petroleum products, tires or any other debris. Residents in the county need to stick to leaves and tree branches. He said the county usually sees more brush fires than the city because of the stricter rules.
McCombs said when it comes down to it — use common sense to stay safe.