Burn Burn Burn
Burn Burn Burn
Burning ditches and burning fields is an agricultural practice that effectively and inexpensively removes accumulated debris that can block ditches and water flow. It should only be attempted in certain places and under certain weather conditions. Damp seasons and when there is snow on the ground are ideal but only if the winds are blowing 5mph or less. There are certain precautions one should take to ensure your safety and to ensure the fire does not get out of control. From an insurance standpoint, should you be negligent in taking precautions and the fire damages another’s property, you could be liable. Here are a list of steps to take in order to practice safe burning:
1. Secure prior approval. Depending on the state and how much you are burning, you may need to notify the appropriate authorities and fire department of the burn.
2. Have a plan. Know the area where you are planning to burn as well as the surrounding area. Take note of property lines, fences, gates, power lines, roads, and nearby buildings. Also be aware of anything that could intensify the fire such as dead trees or matted grass.
3. Create firebreaks to contain the fire. You can do this by mowing, plowing disking, creating a wet line or backfiring. Notify surrounding land owners of your intent to burn.
4. Watch the weather. The factors to determine a safe burn include; wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity.
5. Use proper equipment. You will need equipment to ignite the fire and smother it. Have a sufficient supply of water on hand to refill pumps and sprayers.