Here are a few tips to remember when burning leaves …
- Do not burn when winds are in excess of 15 mph.**
- Do not leave the area unattended while the leaf pile is burning. **
- Plan to burn on a vegetation-free, level patch of dirt no more than 4’x4’ and at least 50’ from any occupied dwelling. Try to find an area free of tree branches and power lines. [Please refer to the LV 2020 Handbook for Campground Rules]
- Burn piles increase the level of carbon monoxide in the air. Note: If you receive enough exposure this may reduce the amount of oxygen in your blood and lungs, especially if you suffer from a respiratory condition.
- Leaves should be dry. Wet foliage burns slower and produces more smoke.
- Light a small branch or sheet of paper with a match and place it among the leaves to ignite the pile. NEVER use fire starters or gasoline.
- Keep a garden hose, shovel, rake and/or fire extinguisher ready in case of an emergency.
- Douse area thoroughly with water when finished.
- If your fire gets out of control, call the fire department immediately!
- Consider using a burn barrel.
** Lake Viking 2020 Handbook Rules and Regulations