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Make sure to keep control burns under control

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ZILLAH--April is a popular month to burn off old brush in your fields, but firefighters want your control burns to be safe.

Lower Yakima Valley firefighters respond to five to ten control burns each week, but only after the fire's out of control.

Saturday, crews battled a two-acre blaze for seven hours on Stover Road.

Firefighters say April's definitely a safer time to do control burns than in the summer, but only if done correctly.

"Have water on site if you're going to do a big field burn," Capt. Joel Byam, Yakima County Fire District 5, said.  "Try to figure out if you need to have some fire breaks in there, so you don't have these big walls of fire getting close to the road.  You don't want to have smoke over the road that would cause an accident."

You also need a burn permit and should ask the Clean Air Authority before burning.

Byam said burners can be liable for damage done by an unsafe control burn.

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