Spring Fire Ban
Who would have thought that will all the rain last year there would be a risk of brush-fires this spring? That is excately what Laura Legere a Times-Shamrock Writer reports in Wyoming County Press Examiner on 3/21/12 ~ To read more click the photo or WCPE.
High temperatures and relatively dry ground have combined to increase fire hazards in the region.
Both Wyoming and Susquehanna counties have instituted burn bans prohibiting open burning of yard waste, litter or any other combustible material either in burn barrels or on the ground.
The Wyoming County ban began Sunday at 1 p.m. and will last until Sunday, April 15.
The National Weather Service has issued one red flag warning so far this year, on March 7. The warning evaluates the potential for a forest fire to grow rapidly if one were to start, based on a combination of temperature, humidity, wind and the condition of fire fuel, like leaves and grass, senior forecaster David Morford said.
The warning came “a little bit early” in the season compared to normal, but humidity has largely kept the danger under control, Morford said.
“Normally, at the end of the winter the leaves and the grasses are all matted down under the snow,” he said. Instead, the potential fire fuel is relatively upright and “as we’ve gotten warmer the fuel has dried out a little more.”
Tips for Burning Leaves and Brush Piles Safely: It is VERY IMPORTANT to follow local fire and air quality regulations! http://www.firestormfire.com/fire-safety/pile-burning/