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Wildfire potential looms | Preston Citizen

Wildfire potential looms

May 28, 2014


Assistant editor

There is a looming potential for fire danger this summer and autumn, unless significant moisture keeps falling during the next several weeks.

“Even though things are quite green right now, we could be in for a bad fire season,” said Franklin County Fire Marshal Scott Martin. “Foothills and mountains surrounding Franklin County received a fair amount of snow in the winter. “That is encouraging a lot of growth in grasses and brush. This new growth could dry out quickly during the heat of the summer.”

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This undergrowth could turn tinder-dry across the foothills and mountains,” warned Martin. Long-range predictions call for normal rainfall through July with some warm temperatures.

“Fire permits for open burning are now required. They can be obtained at the Fire District fire station in downtown Preston.

“We encourage farmers and others who may do any burning to make sure they have permits and use common sense. When it’s windy, please delay burning. The permits are needed through Oct. 15.”

The potential for wildfire is similar to recent years, when several hundred acres burned in the Riverdale, Oneida Narrows, Mink Creek and Cleveland areas, he added.

“Things will dry out quickly in coming weeks. People need to start thinking about what they can do now to minimize fire danger, before grasses and woody, scrub brush really start to dry out,” he said.

Martin said homeowners, especially in the Cub River and Mink Creek areas, should continue to do what is necessary to reduce fire hazards on and near their urban-wildland properties.

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