Fire officials urge public to use caution when burning outdoors

Fire officials urge public to use caution when burning outdoors
Firefighters respond to a double house fire in Pasco, where a controlled burn got out of control and embers spread to the homes nearby.

The Pasco Fire Department is urging the public to heed warnings for outdoor burns, and to honor Burn Days when they are in place.

PFD Public Information Officer, Ben Shearer, said the hot temperatures and strong winds make it easier for embers to spread to dry brush, possibly leading to much more serious fires for neighborhoods or wildlife.

“Everything is so dry and all you have to do is have one little spark get caught up in the wind and end up in a field, said Shearer. “One little spark ends up in your neighbor’s yard and then you end up with a big fire in the neighborhood.”

There are burn rules in place to prevent fires from spreading, though Shearer said the regulations do not always stop people from burning things outdoors.

It is illegal, however, to use burning barrels and to burn the following things:

Paint, Pesticide Containers, Tires, Plastic

Dead Animals, Garbage, Debris, Metals

Treated Wood, Petroleum Products

Residential burning is only allowed when the burn pile is small, the smoke is not bothering the neighbors, and the fire is not within 50 feet of a structure or 500 feet of a forest slash.

People can contact their local fire departments to learn of designated Burn Days.