Officials encourage safety after man severely burned

By Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 03/24 2014 01:10PM

Updated 03/24 2014 01:12PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Firefighters want you to be careful when starting backyard fires. Recreational fires are allowed within city limits, but you must use wood. Burning trash isn't allowed.

Fire pits must be contained and at least ten feet from the nearest structure. Authorities don't recommend starting fires with gasoline. They say using matches is the best way to start a safe fire.

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