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Discarded Ashes Cause of Two Recent Fires

The Lyon fire in New Washoe City last week burned 10 acres and two outbuildings. We were lucky that, even though there were strong winds, the fire angled across mostly open ground and was stopped by a quick response by local responders before it reached homes. A “hat-tip” to our local fire crews!  Living With Fire has issued these tips for handling stove and fireplace ashes:

Please be careful when discarding your fireplace ashes. Some tips:
Store ash in a metal can with an air tight seal. After adding ash to the bucket, pour water in the bucket to extinguish any hot coals. Place lid on pail tightly.
Store ash bucket in a safe location away from flammable materials, just in case stray cinders escape.

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