Steady Winds, Dry Conditions Make County Ripe for Brush Fires
From Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Chief Michael Cox:
For a third consecutive day, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a “Red Flag Warning” for our area. A “Red Flag Warning” is a forecast issued by the NWS to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for Brush/Wildland fire ignition and propagation.
Steady winds, warm spring temperatures, low humidity, and dry conditions have prompted this NWS warning for our area. “With spring now upon us, warm weather brings dry vegetation that can result in brush fires that burn and spread quickly. Brush fires, in our area are rarely attributed to natural causes. Citizens are asked to use caution and take the appropriate steps to avoid accidently starting such fires” said Fire Chief John Robert Ray.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department suggest all residents take the following precautions to help prevent Brush Fires:
- Limit the use of flammable plants in landscape designs
- Limit the use of plants that develop a dry or dead undergrowth
- Conduct regular maintenance of your property to reduce the opportunity of a brush fire
- Remove tree limbs around chimneys
- Keep the roof clear of dry leaves, needles and dead branches. Keep gutters clean
- Properly dispose of trash and debris
- Remove dead and accumulated vegetation and dispose of it properly
- Limit ladder fuels (plants that provide a link between the ground and your house)
- Stack firewood away from structures
- Refrain from open burning or the use of outdoor fireplaces
- Store and use flammable liquids properly
- ALWAYS dispose of cigarettes and matches carefully
- Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches and lighters out of their reach
- Make sure fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly display your address.