Scorching heat is one component in the fiery equation that can eventually lead to destructive grass fires. Southeastern Ohio is suffering from scorching temperatures, yet outbreaks of grass fires haven't been reported -- yet. Zanesville Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Thomas says the humidity in the air keeps vegetation damp and that prevents things from drying out and making ripe conditions for grass fires. Still, it's best to employ common sense around brown patches of grass, says Thomas. Don't discard cigarettes near grass, forget parking cars on brown lawns and be cautious when conducting open burns. If a grass fire is sparked, contact the local fire department immediately and then worry about putting it with garden hoses or other available liquids.