Massachusetts fire officials are urging residents not to keep Christmas trees too long into the new year.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says if a dried out Christmas tree ignites, it can spread a fire quickly.
Authorities say residents should take advantage of community pickup days or recycling programs if they are available.
To find out if your community has a tree recycling program, visit earth911.org online and put in your ZIP Code.
Coan says discarded Christmas trees also can be easy fuel for arsonists.
This program aired on January 3, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.