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Spring fire season comes early

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

The warmer weather is a nice change, but it does come with a price for forestry officials. Fires broke out throughout the mountains on Monday and with more dry conditions ahead, the threat is not going away.

Tuesday is the first day of the spring fire season, but forestry officials have gotten an early start.

"It's the warm weather. People doing a little bit of spring cleaning, burning their garbage or brush piles," said Bart Wagner, a Forest Ranger.

Officials say having forest fires so early in the season is extremely uncommon.

"About this time of the month, it's usually still wet. We're not in a big hurry to get ready for fire season, we usually take our time, but with the humidity dropping and the winds increasing, it came early on us," said Ricky Boggs, a District Ranger.

Officials say the warmer, windier weather plays a huge role.

"When you got snow covering the ground one day and fires the next day it's because the humidity drops. We're getting this wind from 15 to 20 miles per hour with 35 mile per hour gusts," Boggs explained.

And with the new season comes some burning rules....no burning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Forestry officials say you also need to be more than 150 feet away from a wooded area if you do burn.

If you see someone setting a fire...you can call the arson hotline at 1-800-27-arson.

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