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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 23, 2014

Burning safety stressed

Conditions cause more fires to burn out of control
By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 11, 2014
Several fire departments, Washington County Ambulance and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded today to a field fire in the 3300 block of 325th Street in rural Crawfordsville. For more information, see the April 14 edition of The Washington Evening Journal.

Field fires have been keeping the fire departments in the county busy this week.
Wednesday afternoon there were five field fires reported, according to the Washington County Communications Center call log. At one time that afternoon all of the fire departments in the county were out responding or assisting with field fires.
Washington Fire Department Capt. Craig Rembold said having field fires is typical for this time of year. However, the drier and windier conditions have caused some field fires to get out of control quicker.
“With things being so dry the past couple of years it just makes it easier for things to catch on fire,” Rembold said. “Most of them [the field fires] are accidents. Nobody thinks it will get ahead of them.“
Rembold said the fire Wednesday afternoon off of Riverside Road was an example of this. The person who was burning told firefighters that he didn’t think it would get out of control. Luckily, this field fire was going away from the outbuildings and against the wind, Rembold said.
There is one thing that would help alleviate the prime conditions for field fires right now — moisture, Rembold said.
“Hopefully the next couple of days, if we get rain like they say we’re supposed to, that will help,” Rembold said. “If they could wait to burn things until this rain comes through, that would help, but the stuff may not burn as well.”
If people are still considering burning, the most important thing for them to do is be mindful of their surroundings, Rembold said. He also suggests having plenty of water on hand and a four-wheeler so people can get around the area of the field fire quickly.

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