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April 02, 2010

Dry Weather Could Create Burning Hazards

Waterbury, Vt. (April 2, 2010) – The dry, warm forecast for this weekend is no doubt welcome news to most Vermonters; but the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and Vermont Emergency Management are reminding everyone that those conditions could add fuel to open fires, making them more hazardous than normal.

Grass and brush could dry up in a hurry this weekend and into next week, which means any outdoor fires could spread quickly and get out of control. If you find yourself doing any outdoor burning, please take extra caution to ensure the fire cannot spread. Be alert to wind speeds and directions, and the location of dry materials that could serve as fuel for a grass, brush, or forest fires.

It is also advisable to check with your town office or fire department to see if there are any advisories or burn bans in your community – or if you need a burn permit. Should a fire get out of control call 911 to request assistance.

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation staff will be available this weekend to help local departments fight wildfires, should there be any. Local Forest Fire Wardens may contact Vermont Emergency Management at 800-347-0488 to request this assistance.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: April 02, 2010 16:30:59