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home : outdoors : outdoors   May 24, 2016

5/24/2014 7:01:00 AM
State: Be safe around the campfire; Don't move wood
The Associated Press




The Associated Press


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials want Illinois residents to follow outdoor fire safety precautions during Memorial Day weekend and the following summer months.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal released tips on Friday for those hoping to get outside and grill or go on camping trips.

Officials have reported more than 200 uncontrolled campsite fires between 2005 and 2012. They say many could have been avoided by following certain measures.

Fire officials say campers should never leave fires unattended or pick a site less than 15 feet from tents, shrubs or flammable materials. Campers should also set up fires downwind from the camp sleeping area and ensure fires are extinguished before going to sleep.

Additionally, campers should have a pail of water, fire extinguisher or shovel nearby to put out fires.




Don't move firewood
Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding area residents and Illinois visitors not to transport firewood from their homes or even purchased in one place to burn in campfires and cooking fires.

The emerald ash borer beetle is destroying ash trees throughout the Midwest and has been taking a toll on trees in the Illinois Valley. Moving firewood within your county could bring ash borers to locations where they have not been present, and moving wood across county lines only helps spread the problem to more new locations.








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