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Officials encourage safety after man severely burned

CHAMPAIGN -- Firefighters want you to be careful when starting backyard fires.
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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