Illinois is vulnerable to brush
fires during periods of dry weather and high winds. Most
brush fires are directly caused by humans, often by
negligence. They pose a tremendous risk because they can
occur in areas where traditional firefighting equipment
cannot be used and trained wildland firefighter's must
travel on foot, carrying their equipment.
it is necessary to burn brush from falling tree limbs or
tree trimming, make sure the brush is piled in a safe
location. Embers may flare up, and float in the air. They
may land on buildings or vehicles if you do not chose a safe
Pile the brush close to a water
access, such as a garden hose, creek or stream. If the fire
starts to get out of control you can quickly douse it with
water by either squirting it from the hose or pouring
buckets of water around the perimeter and Call 911!
If the area you are burning in is
extremely dry, it is advisable to wet the perimeter down
before you begin burning the brush. Do not make a huge pile,
especially if there are not enough people to assist you.
Start burning the brush in a small pile and add more as it
burns down. Burn the brush pile on a day where no winds are
predicted. Wind can fan the fire, allowing it to get out of
control. The wind may also lift larger pieces of brush and
carry them to other areas where they will start a fire.
Use caution when