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  • SBFPD urges citizens to use caution when burning leaves

  • Over the last three weeks the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has responded to several incidents that resulted from burning leaves. While it is not unusual for the fire department to respond to these types of incidents, two of the fires could have had very serious outcomes, according to Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
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  • Over the last three weeks the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has responded to several incidents that resulted from burning leaves. While it is not unusual for the fire department to respond to these types of incidents, two of the fires could have had very serious outcomes, according to Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
    In one of the incidents the home owner was using gasoline to start the fire when the gas can caught on fire and exploded. In the other incident burning leaves caught the side of a house on fire.
    Neither of these incidents resulted in any injuries and the fires were extinguished before any major property damage was done.
    “I have been to five house fires that were caused by burning leaves in the two years I have been here in Sunrise Beach,” said Reilly. “I understand people want and need to maintain their property; we are only asking that everyone uses caution when they burn their leaves.”
    The district recommends that people never burn within 20 feet of a structure and never leave a fire unattended. Clearing a defensible buffer between the fire and any combustible objects is another recommended precaution. The district advises calling 911 immediately upon realizing a fire is out of control.
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