grass fire

Central County Fire & Rescue is urging its citizens to take extra precautions as current weather conditions are contributing to an elevated fire danger.

The combination of dry vegetation, low humidity and strong winds poses a great threat for rapidly spreading fires, which can be started with discarded cigarettes, BBQ grills, fireplace ashes or burning debris.

Open burning is prohibited within CCFR's boundaries — this includes burning construction debris, yard waste, trash and other materials that are not seasoned firewood.

If you plan to use a grill or fire pit this weekend, make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby. Remove all dried leaves and other foliage from the area. Grills and fire pits should be placed on level surfaces at least 6 feet away from the home and other structures, such as decks. Discarded cigarettes, charcoal and fire pit ashes should be disposed of in a metal container that is stored at least 6 feet from the house, deck or garage.