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Old 06-23-2012, 12:05 PM
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We recently moved to the country and have ditches that are just full of weeds. I have seen people burning ditches before but am not sure how to go about it? I don't want to start a major fire or anything. Fire kinda scares me.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:04 PM
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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If it scares you don't do it yourself. Call a neighbor that you know burns his ditches and ask him to help you out the first time. It can be done safely but it's not the sort of thing I would recommend trying based on some internet how-to advice.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:31 PM
Location: Canada
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^ I agree with duster not to do it if you're not comfortable with it. So that being said, the more general rules are the direction of the wind, wind speed, taking a good look at what exactly is in the way of the potential fire (fields, buildings, bush) and it is best to burn ditches in the spring and in the fall, when it is wettish. There may be places where ditches cannot safely be burned however. In our area, we had a large number of ditch fires get out of control this year - it was far too dry to burn, and we had high winds most of the spring.

Fires should be started early in the day so that they run their course before nightfall. Fires should not be left unattended, and a person should have some sort of backup plan in place to put the fire out before dark, or if it gets out of control - in this area, that means tractors to dump earth on existing fires, although the fire department has to go out at the best of times, a couple of times every summer.

Talking to a neighbour or the fire department in your area is your best course of action.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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Many areas require a burning permit

The fire dept can give you advice
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