Wacky winter set us up for sizzling spring

brush fire

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The wacky winter weather is the perfect setup for spring time sizzle.

We’ve talked a lot about the harsh winter this year and the effects it’s had.

But did you know it can make fire danger worse in the following season?

The Vincennes Township fire chief said our entire region is experiencing a rise in outdoor fires.

“We’ve experienced throughout the region several brush and grass, field fires,” said Chief Tim Smith.

This scorched grass is a product of the frigid weather, creating a higher risk for fire.

The dried vegetation burns and spreads quickly.

“The extreme temperatures we saw this winter. We do have a lot of dry kindling, I guess, ripe for making a fire,” said Chief Smith.

But that’s not all. There are other factors.

“This weather is perfect for fire danger. These high winds contribute to the problem,” said Chief Smith.

Keep in mind, brush fires happen every spring.

Fire crews point to outdoor burns as the major cause.

“People are wanting to be outside. They’re wanting to get their property cleaned up,” said Chief Smith.

And experts call this a problem that can be avoided by following a few rules.

“Indiana law says as you’re burning you’re not supposed to burn on the ground. It’s supposed to be in a barrel with a mesh grate over the top to prevent embers from coming out, has to be watched and supervised, only daylight to dark,” said Chief Smith.

A fire doubles in size about every minute, making it all the more important to stay close to stay safe.

The National Weather Service posted a warning of enhanced fire danger for several southern counties.

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