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Fall Clean up

The Brookfield Citizen of Brookfield, Massachusetts

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Your Brookfield Fire Department has a couple of reminders now that fall cleanups are coming up. If you're not aware, the state does not allow the burning of leaves. The Town transfer station on Quaboag Street does accept leaves, as long as there isn't any brush included.

While nobody wants to rake leaves just to have the wind take them back into your yard, we strongly recommend not parking your car on the pile of leaves to keep them from blowing away. This has been done in the past, and the combination of dry leaves and a hot exhaust system sometimes has a bad outcome. With the cold weather upon us, we also remind people to plan for the heating season; Chimney cleaned? Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors working? Oil burner serviced?

Just a reminder that brush burning doesn't start until January 15, 2014. Sorry, but that date is set by the State. We will have information on that for a future issue. While that is some time away, you can always start to get ready now. If you want to burn brush around your yard, now may be the time to pile it. That way you don't need to worry about it being frozen to the ground if you wanted to burn early in the season. Burning an existing pile while there is still snow on the ground is obviously much safer. Just remember to not make the pile too big. If necessary, consider multiple piles. Remember that brush must be burned at least 75 feet from any building.

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Original Publication Date: November 1, 2015

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