Extended Extreme Temps Lend to Volatile Situations

Our local fire crews have been very busy battling fires today, both vegetation and structure fires.

As we head into another long stretch of extremely high temperatures, fire crews find themselves battle more fires. With the prolonged heat, Class A fires spark easier and would be arsonists take advantage of the situation; such as in this fire today in 400 block of North A Street, adjacent to Volunteers of America and Quinn Cottages. Employees witnessed a known individual in the area of the blaze and provided a good description to officials.

Be aware of day-to-day situations that wouldn’t normally be a concern, but with these high and prolonged temperatures can turn into sudden blazes. Just some things to be aware of are:

  • Dragging trailer chains
  • Improper disposal of cigeretes
  • Sparks from lawnmowers or other motorized landscape tools
  • Glass in dry brush
  • Petroleum soiled rags
  • …to name a few

If you see a fire in it’s early stages, first call 9-1-1 and be prepared to provide a description of individuals in the area who may have been responsible. If possible, take a quick photo with your mobile device to provide to fire officials upon arrival.

In this weather pattern, fires spark and spread quickly. Act fast and call 9-1-1 immediately.

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