Reduction in Field Fires

Reduction in Field Fires

22 October 2010

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We sure could use some rain to reduce the recent number of field fires in the coming weeks.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Field fires like this one southeastern in Winnebago County are a growing menace because of our lack of rain.

“Everything is extremely dry. It doesn’t take much to get a fire going, especially today with the kind of wind conditions we’ve got. Any kind of fire is going to get out of control in just a matter of seconds.” says Craig Wilt, Chief for the Cherry Valley Fire Department.

Its no secret the last few weeks have been quite dry which have contributed to fires like this. October began above average, but unfortunately, that’s our only rainfall for the month and to make matters worse, we ended September with a dry week.

So the solution to halt the threat of field and brush fires seem obvious enough: lots of rain.

If we were able to get even a half of inch of rain that would drastically reduce the chance for field fires. But if we cant get consistent rainfall, the brisk fall winds will quickly dry the fields out landing us right back where we started.

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