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The firefighters with the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department put out an controlled burn. The firefighters with the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department put out an controlled burn.
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CLENDENIN, WV -

The firefighters with the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department gave a demonstration on how they fight brush fires today.  The burn was intentionally set and there were firefighters around to put it out safely.

"The smaller we can keep them the easier they are for us to control," said Chief Kevin Clendenin.  "What we do in this situation is that we take the fuel away from the fire instead of a typical house fire where we would just put the fire out."

The chief went through the process.

"The reason why we do this type of firefighting is because we really don't have enough water available to us in the woods," he said.

According to the West Virginia Division of Forestry, burning is only between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  The chief explained why.

"The wind typically starts to die down around dusk," said Clendenin.  "Also, you have more manpower to control the fires in the evening, especially in the volunteer service."

The chief said there are other brush fire safety tips.

If you notice a fire in your yard has gotten out of control, he said not to panic.  The key is to call for help as soon as you know you need it.  Don't get above a fire as they spread quickly up hillsides.  The safe zone is any area that's been burnt.  If you're stepping in ash, odds are all of the oxygen, or fuel, has been burnt off.