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When it comes to accidentally causing a fire, burning trash or undertaking a burn-off are potential recipes for a disaster.

To avoid having a practical fire turn into a runaway wildfire, consider the following:

• Before burning debris in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit. If you are in the midst of drought conditions, do not burn at all.

• When you burn material, don’t burn it in the open. Use burn barrels or locally approved incinerator with a safety lid or covering with holes no larger than ¾ inch.

• Create at least a 10-foot clearing around the incinerator before burning debris.

• Always have a fire extinguisher or garden hose on hand when burning debris.