It’s Inevitable, the season for Brush/Forest fires is upon us and already we’ve seen numerous forest fires in our state. The drought situation we are in is definitely not helping us in any way. The little rain we have gotten quickly drys up due to the wind and no humidity as well as the amount of sun we have gotten. Just recently, part of Sleeping Giant State park was on fire. around 4 or 5 towns responded to the call to try and douse the fire. It took more than 2 days to fully suppress the fire.
Fires can be started accidentally, on purpose, or by natural causes and just 1 cigarette or hot coal or many of things can start them. Once a small fire starts, with the amount of rain we’ve had, there will be no problem in it spreading rapidly into a full blown forest fire that will cost money to put out and a lot of forest will be affected.
If you are out camping or hiking please heed the DEEP’s Forest Fire Danger Report. (CURRENTLY STATING THE FIRE DANGER IS MODERATE) also take these tips into account:
- Obey local laws regarding open fires, including campfires;
- Keep all flammable objects away from fire;
- Have firefighting tools nearby and handy;
- Carefully dispose of hot charcoal;
- Drown all fires;
- Carefully extinguish smoking materials.