2014-04-03 / Front Page

Common Sense, Cooperation Needed To Prevent Brush Fires

Thursday, March 20 marked the official arrival of spring and many local residents have been using recent mild temperatures to get outdoors and burn brush and/or trash accumulated through the winter months.

It’s important to remember, however, that even though the ground is still fairly wet there is still a major concern for grass, brush and woods fires.

In recent days, Owen County volunteer firefighters have answered several emergency calls for assistance where “small” trash or brush fires got out of control in dry grass, or dead brush and leaves.

The ground is wet, but the first days and weeks of early spring annually provide a very dangerous condition above ground, especially when the wind becomes a contributing factor.

A word to the wise: Do not burn anything – especially unattended – outdoors until Mother Nature returns green plants to Owen County’s fields and forests.

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