High Brush Fire DangerApril 6th, 2013 at 8:52 pm by Adam Strzempko under Weather
While many of us are happy the snow is pretty much all gone and the weather is finally warming up that leads to another problem we typically see this time of year, brush fires.
Right now the air we have is very dry. Relative humidities have been less than 20 percent.
That along with gusty winds, a lack of leaves on the trees and storm debris leftover from the October Snowstorm of 2011 and the 2011 June 1st Tornado, all help to create the perfect conditions for brush fires.
And when the winds are gusty those brush fires can get out of control and spread very quickly.
Even though this is burning season you should refrain from burning on days when the fire danger is high. Several western Massachusetts cities and towns do not allow burning at all. If yours does allow you to burn and you’ve obtained a permit, check with your fire department on the day you plan to burn. If the fire danger is high they may not allow you to burn.
Also if you smoke make sure you properly dispose of all smoking materials. Do not throw your cigarette butts out the car window. I was driving home from work the other day and the woman in the car in front of me kept flicking her cigarette butts out the car window even hitting my car.
Right now all it takes is a spark or ember for a brush fire to start.
Once we get some rain, the leaves get on the trees and it gets more humid the fire threat will diminish.