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Learn before you burn debris in your backyard

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Texoma Volunteer Fire Department personnel extinguished this burning pile of tires and fiberglass on May 28, 2019. (Courtesy) Texoma Volunteer Fire Department personnel extinguished this burning pile of tires and fiberglass on May 28, 2019. (Courtesy)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. -- The Texoma Volunteer Fire Department wants to be sure people know what they can and can't burn.

On Tuesday morning, firefighters responded to a call of black smoke. After investigating, they found a homeowner had set fire to tires and fiberglass, both of which are illegal to burn.

Chief Tod Cissell said changes to burning rules by the Environmental Protection Agency have been confusing for some.

"Some of them, they just don't know... the public does not know anymore," Cissell said. "Some of these people have been burning stuff all their lives; they don't know they can't do this anymore."

Furniture, carpet, electrical wire and non-wood construction debris are all illegal to burn in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension says it's illegal to burn any household refuse where trash collection services are available.

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