The recent rainfall and forecast calling for cooler temperatures has lowered the fire danger levels in the City of Battle Ground. Regardless of weather conditions, there is always the potential for fires to get out of control. One should exercise caution with any outdoor burning by observing regulations and requirements, remaining attentive, and following safety tips.* Recreational fires shall not be wider than 3 feet or taller than 2 feet and at least 25 feet away from structures or combustible materials.* Only firewood or charcoal may be used in a recreational fire.* Never burn yard debris or trash.* Ensure that there is a mesh screen in place to keep ash and embers from escaping.* Keep a bucket of water or a charged garden hose nearby and ready.* The use of burn barrels is strictly prohibited.* Portable outdoor fireplaces are required to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.* Residential burning and land clearing burning of vegetation, yard debris, or branches is prohibited within the Battle Ground city limits. Please refer to the following map provided by Southwest Clean Air Agency at http://www.swcleanair.org/docs/misc/battleground2008.pdf. Those residing outside city limits may contact the Clark County Fire Marshal's Office at 360-397-2186 for permitted burning rules and regulations.As we transition to colder weather, now is the time to check furnaces, stoves and chimneys to ensure that they are clear and clean for safe use. Follow the tips at www.cityofbg.org/heating-fire-safety to maintain a fire-safe home this fall and winter.