Dry Weather Means High Fire Danger

By Daniela Salvador
By Maureen Mespell

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Fort Wayne area is expecting a moderate drought and with not much rain in the forecast.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department reminds citizens to be smart and safe.

“The hot, dry weather can cause several emergency conditions that could harm you or your property,” Fire Chief Pete Kelly said.

Kelly also said that dry grass, trees and shrubs can catch on fire easily because of the little moisture in the atmosphere and on the ground.

“A simple campfire or a discarded cigarette can cause a fire that can quickly spread,” Kelly said.

The FWFD has several tips:

-Never throw a lighted cigarette out the window
-Never walk off and leave a burning cigarette
-Use ash trays
-Never leave an outdoor charcoal or gas grill unattended
-Let the coals completely cool off after grilling
-A fire should be located 25 feet away from any structure, fence, or right of way.
-Before you light a fire, check the wind direction
-Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby

While no burn ban has been issued locally, the Fort Wayne Fire Department will continue to monitor the conditions.

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