The Town of Bruderheim is encouraging residents to use caution with backyard fire pits.
 
Although the area has seen plenty of rain, the warm weather could starve grass and trees of water.
 
Fire pits are allowed in the town, but they must be regulated. Pits must be at least 0.6 metres high and have a diameter smaller than one metre; there must also be a grate over the fire to catch debris.
 
They have to be at least 10 feet away from any fence, structure or tree and, for obvious reasons, not overtop of a gas or power line.
 
A $10 permit is the most affordable way to do things, along with an inspection from the fire chief.
 
Buderheim firefighters recommend having a water hose nearby to extinguish loose embers that could cause a small grass fire. They also recommend residents should use the soak and stir method to extinguish the fire completely.
 
Currently in the Heartland region, there are no fire bans or restrictions in place, although special permission is needed for crop burning in Lamont and Sturgeon counties.

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