Nichole Hannahs

Only You Can Prevent Brush Fires

by Nichole Hannahs on April 2, 2010 at 3:22 am

Two recent brush fires in Philo and Adam Mills create problems for area fire departments and the expectations are that we could see more of these fires in the next few days.

Dry conditions and wind have created the perfect scenario for these fast moving flames and it doesn’t take much for one to spark.

"One of the things you want to encourage is for people not to intentionally start a fire," said Zanesville Fire Chief Dave Lacy. "Watch out if they are just burning some trash or using a flame outside."

Lacy said the threat of the fires should decrease as the grass begins to green and while brush fires tend to take place in remote location and require a large amount of man power, it’s possible to see fires like these within city limits.

"We still have an issue with sometimes discarded cigarettes or even people using an outdoor propane grill or something like that or charcoal and in that process end up setting a fire that was unintended," said Lacy.

Chief Lacy said according to state laws set by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources there is not to be any igniting of an outdoor fire between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and in the City of Zanesville burning is by permit only the first couple weeks of October.