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Crackling logs in a backyard bonfire can be relaxing on a cold, fall night. To avoid complications and a potential public nuisance call, check with local authorities to make sure regulations are followed. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Warm up to bonfire safety tips

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As the crisp, autumn air returns to Minnesota and Wisconsin evenings, few things are more relaxing than putting on a sweatshirt and feeling the warm glow of a backyard fire.


S’mores, hot dogs and ghost stories — when enjoyed responsibly, a recreational fire can make for a safe and entertaining family activity. But with an open flame in the tight confines of a residential neighborhood, fire pits risk causing a nuisance or injury if not properly attended.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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