A Thursday brush fire in Putnam County serves as a reminder for safe burning practices.
Putnam Fire Chief Tom Brown said fire outbreaks are a real danger considering how dry the outdoors are.
“Be careful and watch the wind,” Brown said. “Make sure you got clean ground out around your fire and follow recommendations of the forestry service. Of course, you have to have a burn permit right now. It is burning season.”
Brown said his department spent about an hour on Falls Mill Road fighting the Thursday fire. Brown said the property owner was burning tree debris and stoking the flames with a excavator.
Brown said the machine had a leak, caught fire and was deemed a total lose. Brown said the owner was not harmed. Permits from the Division of Forestry are free of charge and may be obtained online for leaf and brush piles.