How do you burn piles?

Landowners must first contact their local fire district and obtain a permit to burn hazardous fuels. The fire district will direct you to coordinate your burning activities with the Department of Air Quality so as to burn when smoke dispersal is the best to minimize air quality effects. Fire managers typically use a drip torch that drizzles a gasoline (33%) and diesel (66%) mixture selectively out of the torch over a flaming wick, inducing intense fire that ignites material in the pile. Patience is often the best rule of thumb when burning piles, avoiding getting too many piles on fire and inducing mortality on desired vegetation and increasing the risk of control difficulties.

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1. Does my property qualify for treatment?
2. Are you clear cutting my property?
3. Do you have to treat my whole property?
4. What kind of work does hazardous fuels reduction entail?
5. How do you burn piles?
6. Why is fuel reduction important?