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Fire safety imperative as area experiences drought, potential limited resources

As the extremely dry weather conditions continue throughout the Door Peninsula, local fire chiefs are urging the public to keep fire safety in mind when enjoying the outdoors, while helping to prevent emergency resources from becoming too stressed.  All Door County municipalities have implemented a burning ban on brush or field fires.  Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht says although campfires are allowed at this time, cautionary measures should be taken to prevent the possibility of a fire getting out of hand.  He says emergency response resources, including firefighters, can be stretched with shortages of manpower within a very short time. 

 

 

You should not use wood chips around the circle of the campfire and have two-to-three feet of a non-combustible surface around your fire pit.  Hecht says that you should be mindful of the dry conditions in the area and limit the size of any campfires.  He notes that a good rule of thumb is that it is considered a recreational or cooking fire if you could stand and jump over the fire without taking a running start.  

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