The National Drought Mitigation Center currently has all of Marshall County included in the “Abnormally Dry” category for drought conditions. These conditions combined with high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s, and breezy conditions with wind gusts around 25 mph will lead to elevated fire danger this afternoon.
With very little rain forecast, drought conditions will persist through next week.
Here are a few Safety Reminders to help prevent fires that could result in property damage and injuries or death:
- Avoid open burning as grass, brush, ditch, and campfires may easily spread out of control.
- Never discard cigarette butts out of vehicle windows or on the ground.
- According to the National Fire Protection Agency, Fireworks are responsible for starting over 19, 000 fires per year in the U.S.
- They recommend that you check to ensure where consumer fireworks can be legally used; any firing site should have a bucket of water and/or a garden hose nearby, and adequate clearance from flammable materials including dry grass and brush.
- They encourage the public to attend professional fireworks displays rather than using personal fireworks. Professional displays are a safe way for the public to enjoy fireworks because they are carefully monitored and permitted and include support from the local fire department.
- Never alter or throw fireworks.
- Place items in a bucket of water after use.