Safe Burning Tips

Learn before you have a campfire. When having a campfire, use these tips to promote safety and prevent uncontrolled fires.

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Check conditions!

It is unsafe to have a campfire during high winds, no fire is allowed when wind speed is greater than 15mph. Use common sense before it becomes unsafe. Sudden wind change is the how most campfires gets out of control.

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Check regulations!

A permit is required for a campfire. Before you start your campfire, check to make sure campfires are allowed by visiting the homepage of this website. People conducting illegal campfires, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned.

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Check the list!

Per State Law, open burning is prohibited in Waterford Township. Open Burning is the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass clippings, and other debris where white smoke or other emissions are released directly into the air
For more information on Open Burning, please Click Here.

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Look up!

Don’t burn campfires under tree limbs, utility lines, or other overhanging items.

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Look around!

Campfires must be 25 ft from any structure or vehicle and 15 ft from any property line. A competent adult will be in constant attendance until all fire, embers, and coals are completely extinguished prior to leaving the fire unattended.

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Be prepared!

Fire control tools and a water supply must be present during a campfire. The water supply can be a pressurized fire extinguisher, a pump can or garden hose. Be sure to test it out before igniting the fire to be sure it works properly. Also, if relying on a garden hose, double-check that the water supply is turned on and that there are no cracks in the hose itself.