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Tips to burn safely this season

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SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - Many people will be outside this Memorial Day Weekend enjoying the warm weather and making a fire.

The Sparta Fire Department said if you are planning on starting one, make sure there are tools on hand to help put out the fire, such as a shovel, a rake, and/or a garden hose.

Have someone monitor the fire at all times, said Fire Chief Mike Arnold, and when you're finished burning, make sure the fire is extinguished completely. Wind can reignite the embers, he added.

Arnold said most importantly, check with your local authorities to see if a permit is needed.

"The department arrives on scene only to find out it's a controlled burn, but the individual didn't call in. You're tying up a lot of resources, you're tying up a lot of emergency personnel, and worse so, you can have a fire in the other part of the district that was a legitimate fire and in the mean time you have all your resources tied up for a call that's basically a non-legitimate call," Arnold said.

People do not need a permit to burn in DNR protected areas, he added.

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