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Environmental Effects

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Burn Barrel in Back Yard

Backyard burning produces various compounds toxic to the environment including nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, and particle pollution.


Backyard burning is also frequently the cause of residential, brush, and forest fires, particularly during drought conditions. In Wisconsin, 35 percent of wildfires were started by uncontrolled burning of garbage, brush, and grass. Often, fire hazards are caused by burn piles or barrels left unattended, which grow too large or are not fully extinguished.

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