National Weather Service has a “red flag warning” in effect until 9 p.m. today, meaning outdoor burning or even a glowing cigarette butt could spark an out-of-control fire.
The city of La Salle has a permanent ban of leaf- and yard waste-burning, so the burning warning from the weather service gives yet another reason for La Salle residents not to burn.
According to NWS, south to southwest winds at 15 to 25 mph and gusts of up to 35 this afternoon, coupled with extremely low humidity make for “critical fire weather conditions.” Warming temperatures “will create explosive fire growth potential,” according to the weather service warning.
La Salle burn ban
With fall approaching, the city of La Salle is reminding residents that leaf burning is no longer allowed. Mayor Jeff Grove shared these three options for leaf removal:
* Leaf vacuum: The city’s leaf vacuum truck has begun service. The schedule is Fourth Ward on Mondays, Third Ward on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (leaves should be raked near sidewalk by Tuesday), Second Ward on Thursdays, and First Ward on Fridays. If it rains on a pick-up day, the leaves will be picked up the following week.
* The city’s garbage contractor, IV Waste, will collect leaf/lawn bags on Mondays throughout the city. Residents must call IV Waste, (866) 875-2293 to be on the collection list. Leaf/lawn bags also must have a sticker on them. The stickers can be purchased at Sav-A-Lot, Illinois Valley Food and Deli and Herrcke Hardware for $2.25.
*Leaves cans be dropped off at the city’s storage building near the east-side wastewater treatment plant before 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. To get there, drive toward Oakwood Cemetery, turn right on Eagle Drive and follow signs to the building. Leaves must be emptied from any bags used to haul them.
n For branch or bush removal, call City Hall at (815) 223-3755. Branches must be shorter than three feet long and no more than four inches in diameter. The cost for this service is $10 for the first 15 minutes of pick up and 75 cents for each minute after. For more information, visit www.lasalle-il.gov.
Matthew Baker and Craig Sterrett compiled this report.