Brush Fire Season is at Full Force!

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 MODERATEalso 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.
These tips apply year round but ESPECIALLY during brush fire season.

If you spot a forest fire, remain calm, go to the nearest telephone and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to your local fire department. Calmly tell the emergency dispatcher when you saw it and where you saw it. Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

Remember, the drought isn’t ending really soon and during this time all the leaves on the ground are as dry as bone and will light real easily and spread to trees and can endanger homes and peoples lives! Just use the tips and you will be better prepared..

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