The township burn ban has been lifted by the Fire Chief of the Upper Allen Twp. Fire Department. With the ran over the past couple of days and the growing season picking up the burn ban has been lifted.
Only Certain Materials Can Be Burned
• Brush, cane, driftwood, and forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations.
• Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
Burning Leaves and Other Materials Is Prohibited
• Brush, trees, cane and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
• Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and tires.
• Construction material and debris.
How to Safely Ignite and Tend the Fire: An adult should always be present during open burning. Children and pets should be kept a safe distance away. Use paper and kindling to start the fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a discarded Christmas tree can be used. Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high. Burn one small pile of material at a time and slowly add to it. This helps to keep the fire from getting out of control. Select a burn location away from any utility lines.
Have Fire Control Tools Handy: Have fire extinguishing materials on hand including a water supply, shovels and rakes. The water supply can be a pressurized water fire extinguisher, a pump can or a garden hose. Test the water source before igniting the fire. You do not want to find out that the water is off or that the hose is cracked when you need it.
Watch the Wind and Be Prepared to Extinguish: All Open Burning Be prepared to extinguish the fire if winds pick up or the weather changes. Use common sense. Don’t wait for the fire department to contact you to say that it has become unsafe to burn. Most open burning gets out of control during a sudden wind change.
Call For Help Immediately: If a fire gets out of control, call the fire department immediately. Use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself and others or any fire damage to your home. People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for the costs of extinguishing the fire in addition to fines or imprisonment