After the trees are stripped of their leaves this fall, your options for getting rid of them may be limited, depending upon where you live. The choices are raking and bagging, mulching, or burning. If you choose to burn your leaves, and are allowed to do so where you live, 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. Godfrey Fire Protection District Chief Eric Kambarian says while your town may allow burning on certain days, take into consideration conditions on that day.
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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 banned the practice all together.