Residents in Rexburg saw a big increase in fires over the weekend. This multitude of fires had many asking what we can expect for the fire season this year.
Fires are a common occurrence throughout east Idaho’s dry temperatures. This year alone we’ve already seen several smaller fires start up in less common places.
“Well it’s difficult to know what to expect based on just the amount of precipitation we get over the course of the summertime,” said Madison County Fire Department’s Fire Inspector, Dale Pickering; “but the whole west continues to remain in a drought, or has been for the last few years.”
Wind is one of the top things fire departments are keeping an eye on. The windier it gets, the easier it becomes for fires to ignite and stay lit.
“So what we can expect for a homeowner to do is to keep their property as wet and as moist as possible to raise the humidity. To keep whatever field you have as green and as nice as possible and even if there was a fire that did develop nearby the chances of your home property, plants, vegetation weathering through it is much higher when they’re well hydrated,” added Pickering.
The fire department also wants residents to remember that if you’re out recreating to make sure you put out any fire you start before you leave.
“It’s the worst thing ever to find out that the fire that you had that was just for fun has now become someone else’s problem. So just be careful with fire,” said Pickering.
Fire agencies, the forest service and local fire departments are all getting ready as the forests continue to dry out.
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