After the cold front blew through the Riverbend Monday night, many of the trees were left without their leaves. The piles of leaves that are now in yards throughout the area will be disposed of either by raking and bagging, mulching, or burning. If you choose to burn your leaves, a local fire chief has some reminders to keep you safe and acting within the parameters of the law.
While each community has different guidelines for burning, many of the basics are the same. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says while your town may allow burning on certain days, take into consideration if it is a windy day, or if the ground is dry. He relates the tale of a woman who got lucky a few years ago.
He also recommends keeping a water source handy, such as a hose or a bucket, just in case the fire starts to spread beyond the pile. Burning is allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Alton, Godfrey and Wood River. East Alton allows burning during daylight hours October 1- March 31 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, and the fire must be attended with a water supply on hand and when the wind is light. Some communities around the Riverbend allow you to burn leaves while some, such as Bethalto, Hartford and Roxana, have prohibited the practice all together.