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With the summer like weather we’ve been having lately, many are either having or preparing to have bonfires

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:56 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -With the summer like weather we’ve been having lately, many are either having or preparing to have bonfires. But if you aren’t careful, a fun night can turn into a tragedy. Megan Cole has more on what to keep in mind to keep your bonfire safe and enjoyable.

Bonfires are a fun way to enjoy an evening with friends and family. However, if not done correctly, it can be dangerous.

“You gotta think about like the wind and weather conditions because if its very windy out and it’s close to your house we’ve seen it before where the fire has kind of blown towards the house and has caught the house on fire. "

Adam Chartier is a firefighter and paramedic with Caribou fire and ambulance. He says in addition to the risk of your home catching on fire, there are some items that you shouldn’t burn, as they can be harmful.

“No trash, and any type of wood that you burn gotta be clean wood so no paint on the wood. Definitely no building supplies such as shingles. Cardboard is actually not allowed. That’s not considered a clean wood and you’re not allowed to burn cardboard.”

He adds there is also a size limit for bonfires.

“So the first thing that we always tell people is that if they’re burning anything larger than an enclosed campfire ring usually a 3 by 3 is the max that we say. They need to make sure they have a fire permit and I know like in Caribou if they’re having anything other than a campfire they need to notify the fire department.”

If you are planning to have a bonfire, Chartier says to contact your fire department or fire warden to get a fire permit. He adds that following these tips will keep the evening fun and safe for everyone.

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