Spring-cleaning is likely underway, and maybe getting more attention with more people spending more time at home. Clearing away dry brush, weeds and other vegetation is a good idea and can prevent rapid spread of a fire should one start. BUT, using propane torches, flamethrowers, or other flame producing devices to burn away that vegetation is dangerous and often unlawful.
A burn permit is required for all open burning except small warming/recreational fires or cooking fires. Those small recreational fires should be at least 50 feet from any structure, including sheds, and always have a water supply on hand before the fire is ignited. Recreational fires must be constantly attended. They can be no larger than 3 feet in diameter, and no more than 2 feet high.
In the last month, the Yuma Fire Department has responded to structure fires that have been the direct result of burning weeds in place. Although burning weeds can be permitted in the Yuma City limits, a burn permit is required, and guidelines must be followed for the safety of the property owner and property involved.
It is a simple process to apply for a Burn Permit. An application must be completed with information such as; Property address or legal description, material to be burned, how material is collected, quantity to be burned, fire controls available (water), and length permit is requested for. The Fire Marshal will then review the application and either approve or deny it. On occasion, the Fire Marshal will determine a site inspection is required to ensure fire safety.
If required, once the site inspection is completed, the application will be either approved or denied. However, most applications for burning weeds are not approved, especially in residential neighborhoods, due to the extreme fire hazard it creates.