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Brush, debris in yards poses fire risks

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MADISON (WKOW)-- With warm weather consistently in the forecast, the Madison Fire Department says people need to be cleaning up their yard and clearing brush but they need to do it responsibly.

Jeff Wilson spent four hours clearing brush from his yard, and placed it on the curb for pick up.

“It's particularly dry right now but I wouldn't have an open flame anyway, near a deck or garage or anything,” Wilson said.

Madison firefighters say people also have the option of composting or taking dead growth to drop sites around the city. Burning yard waste is not permitted in Madison, but it's important to clear debris...which can be easily ignited by a discarded match or cigarette.

“Anything, cigarettes be careful where you put them, put them in the proper receptacle,” said Eric Dahl with the Madison Fire Department. “Don't flick them in to the grass. And if you have any areas where there's dry grass or leaves, clean those away from buildings just to keep that fire hazard away.”

Dahl says they've already received a few calls for brush fires and they're expecting to get more in the coming days. For more on the city’s outdoor burning rules click here.

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