With temperatures warming up and conditions drying out, then you throw fireworks into the mix, the real danger of grass fires and wildfires increase in our area. But on KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Cache County Fire Marshall Jason Winn said we may not need to worry too much, yet.
“It’s looking pretty good out there right now. Usually on the 4th of July, here in the valley, we’re still fairly green. This year we’re especially green due to the moisture we had earlier in the season. It is starting to turn, so as far as the 4th of July I think we’re hopefully going to be okay,” said Winn.
He said things will likely change as we go deeper into the month towards the 24th of July when fireworks will again be popular. Winn said the aerial fireworks are a concern because they sometimes tip over. He said there are things homeowners can do to minimize fire danger.
“We always try to let people know some of the things they can do to avoid, like embers that come down, fly down and roll on the roofs and that’s where your screening comes into play. Clean out your gutters, put screens over your gutters, over your vents, that way you don’t get those embers that fall in the wrong place and do start a fire.”
Winn said mitigation crews have been out since spring, along with the Forest Service, to cut down fuels and conducting prescribed burns.
AUDIO: Cache County Fire Marshall Jason Winn talks with For the People host Jason Williams