While forest fires cause immense damage to life and property, not all of them are bad – small piles of flammable debris, known as slash piles, are constructed and burned to prevent much larger and more dangerous fires from forming. Yet slash piles can escape their borders and cause the kinds of fires they are designed to prevent, and that is why regulations for them exist. They must be of a certain size, composition, distance from structures, ignited in a certain way and under particular weather conditions. This sort of information can be passed on to clients while inspecting rural, fire-prone properties. To find out more, take a look at our new article on slash piles.