February 23, 2017
On 2/12/17 at 2018 BTVFD was dispatched to the 1000 block of West Washington St near the entrance to Marilla for a tree down with wires involved. Shorty after the dispatch Utility 152 responded with a full crew, once units arrived on scene Captain 15-30 (L. Smith) assumed West Washington St command. Captain 15-30 advised Mckean County that the roadway was blocked by a large tree, and that Penelec is needed, and to dispatch Station 19 (Corydon Twp) to shut down at their Township line. Later on Captain 15-30 was notified of a small tree on Gates Hollow and the crew of U-152 handled that tree then returned to Marilla. Station 15 & 19 personal remained on scene for 4 and a half hour and cleared at approximately 0040 … [Read More...]
The following are safety tips on open burning:
♦ Avoid burning trash, leaves and brush on dry, windy days.
♦ Check to see if weather changes are expected. Postpone outdoor burning if shifts in wind
direction, high winds or wind gusts are forecast.
♦ Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris to be burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
♦ Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
♦ Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
♦ Burn household trash only in a burn barrel or other trash container equipped with a screen or metal grid to keep burning material contained.
♦ Never attempt to burn aerosol cans; heated cans will explode. Flying metal may cause injuries and the explosion may scatter burning material into nearby vegetation and cause a wildfire.
♦ Stay abreast of wildfire danger levels and heed warnings and bans on outdoor burning.
Careless debris burning is a major cause of wildland fires in Pennsylvania. Everyone needs to cooperate and exercise extreme caution with all potential sources of wildfire ignition, if senseless and potentially deadly wildfires are to be avoided.
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