Weather Conditions Lead to Enhanced Fire Danger

Between the gusty winds Friday and the dry winter air the National Weather Service in Charleston issued an enhanced fire danger risk across southeast Ohio.

It may be hard to believe that with all of the rain and snow we've had lately that the ground would be dry enough to produce a fire.

But any moisture left in the plants is drawn out by low humidity, making them more susceptible to fire.

Captain Jack Hansis of the Marietta Fire Department says when leaves and tree limbs break off from snow they lay on the ground and dry up and something like a cigarette being tossed on the ground and blown by the wind can cause a fire almost instantly.

"We see houses with leaves built up against them and these are all potential fire hazards that should be taken into account before people consider any kind of outdoor fire," says Capt. Hansis.

Residents are reminded that open burning during high fire danger risk days is extremely dangerous and discouraged, and Ohio fire laws prohibit burning between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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