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Lake and Cook County fire risk slightly decreases with recent rain; burning ban still in effect

Jun 29, 2023 10:22AM ● By Content Editor
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From Boreal Community Media - June 29, 2023

The recent rain has put Lake and Cook County at a slightly decreased fire risk compared to the rest of June. However, fires can still start easily and spread at a moderate rate. 

Additionally, burning restrictions are still in place for the area, which include: "No open burning; no campfires in dispersed, backcountry, backpacking & remote camping areas; no fireworks on public or private property outside city limits."

Campfires within designated campfire rings are still allowed at this time. 

Building and Putting Out a Campfire

  • Think before you strike. Check the burning restrictions for your area before lighting a campfire.
  • Select a level spot a safe distance away from trees, low overhead branches, shrubs, dry grass, or logs to prevent the fire from escaping, and clear all combustibles within 5 feet.
  • Have a shovel and water available at the campfire site for extinguishing campfires.
  • Supervise the fire at all times. Even a light breeze could cause the fire to spread.
  • Extinguish the campfire with water using the "drown and stir" method.
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