Hello Citizens! Simon from Fire Safety here. Our job is to keep BITF from burning down. As we head into our typical July dry weather, we are keeping our eyes on the forecasts and conditions to assess where we might be able to burn. It is normal for open burn and campfire bans through the summer months, and for many years we have been working with the authorities to arrange exemptions for ourselves where required. Here’s what you need to know:

Campfires: are not allowed. There will be a couple of burn barrel fires which have already been approved. Don’t bring firewood please.

Propane fire pits: May be allowed. If your camp is on gravel, these can be used. They must be attended at all times, and our fire plan requires you to have an extinguisher on hand. If your camp is in the hayfield, these pits _might_ be able to be used, if conditions permit. Please bring some sort of rubber or plastic mat LARGER than the fire pit to put the pit on, so there is no chance of catching the hayfield on fire. DO NOT put sticks or other flammables in the fire pits. Bring an extinguisher. DON’T BE AN IDIOT AND BURN BITF DOWN.

Propane fire effects: are allowed if pre-approved. If you have a fire effect and have not been through a process to have it approved, please contact us ASAP. We will shut you down if we discover you onsite.

Smoking: Things are dry. Use your heads. Smoking on the hayfield is a bad idea. Tossing your butt is a bad idea, and moopy besides. DON’T BE AN IDIOT AND BURN BITF DOWN.

The effigy: is scheduled to burn as it stands. We will monitor the conditions and keep you posted.

As a community, we have succeeded in being adults and not burning down the forest for almost two decades. We trust you to carry on this tradition. If someone asks you to put out a fire, move it, attend it, or anything, please listen. Please, show care for the land and don’t be the person who needs to be told. And please, please PLEASE DON’T BE AN IDIOT AND BURN BITF DOWN.