Over the past 72 hours the Lexington Fire Department has responded to 27 grass and mulch fires. Between 7 and 8 a.m. this morning, crews responded to four mulch fires across the city.
The vast majority of these fires are a direct result of improperly discarded cigarettes. The past couple of weeks have been unusually dry for this time of year which has led to a substantial increase in the number of mulch and vegetation fires.
In addition, a house on Vanderbilt Drive sustained heavy damage last week after a cigarette butt was discarded in vegetation near an attached deck. The resulting fire spread from the deck to the house causing thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past few years fires that began in mulch or vegetation have damaged many homes and businesses across the city.
The Lexington Fire Department reminds everyone of the following:
• Never dispose of a cigarette by throwing it on the ground, into a trash can, or out of a car window. Place them only in approved receptacles.
• Never toss cigarettes off of a deck or porch.
• Never place cigarette butts into potted plant containers.
• Whenever possible extinguish cigarette butts with water before discarding them.