Dry Conditions Raise Risk Of Grass Fires

Dry Conditions Raise Risk Of Grass Fires

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Dry conditions lately mean fire departments have been fighting an increasing number of grass fires over the past few days.

"A friend heard some crackling noise and came out here and noticed that there was a fire over here behind the fire pit," said Bruce Bouthillier, who owns Shady Bay Mobile Home Park. 

"By the time the firemen got here the wind had it that way and spread it."

At least four or five grass fires in Jefferson County were sparked from dry conditions in Jefferson County Monday.

Bouthillier said it had been a few days since the fire pit at his mobile home park in Fisher's Landing was used.

Luckily, firefighters caught the fire before it spread more.

One of the crews on the scene was the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department.

"Everything's very dry, the ground cover's very dry," Clayton volunteer firefighter Justin Taylor said. "One spark can ignite a whole area, especially with a little breeze like we had today -- it just catches and moves very rapidly."

While the hot sunny weather might be great out on the water, it's the exact opposite of what's needed to stop grass fires.

With more dry weather ahead, Taylor says they expect more are coming.

"We anticipate it, we're ready for it," he said, "but people can help us by being very very careful with any types of outdoor burning."

If the dry conditions get worse, the state could issue a temporary burn ban like we see in the springtime. However, conditions have not gotten to that point yet."

"Glad it didn't turn out to be any worse than it was and definitely everyone needs to be careful," Bouthillier said.

Taylor asks people to make sure campfires are contained and to not use their burn barrels.

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