Fire danger high today, may be higher this weekend

© 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC 

Today's Vermont Fire Danger Map

Today’s Vermont fire danger map

The National Weather Service  and several Vermont agencies are announcing that this weekend a high danger of brush and forest fires will exist. With just a few days sunny days with lower humidity and higher winds, dead grass, leaves and brush can become prime fuel for fires. These agencies are reminding the public to exercise caution and follow local laws regarding open burning.

According to the Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, mid- to late spring is the peak fire season for Vermont “with 75% of all fires during a given year typically occurring in April and May. … The majority of wildland fires in Vermont are a result of escaped fires from open burning by homeowners.”

Anyone doing open burning must have a permit from the town Forest Fire Warden.  The Fire Warden has the right to restrict open burning when fuels and weather conditions may enhance the potential for wildfires.  In addition to obtaining a burn permit, clear the area around a pile of all flammable material, never leave the fire unattended, have a hose and tools such as a shovel or rake on hand, burn only “natural vegetative material,” and call 911 immediately if the fire gets out of control.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Filed Under: Latest News

About the Author:

RSSComments (0)

Trackback URL

Comments are closed.