Friday, September 24, 2010

Gusty Wind Spreads Multiple Field Fires

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Update: Joint Statement from: Darke County Commissioner’s, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Darke County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

As of 3:00 pm on Friday, September 24, 2010 Darke County Fire Response resources are stretched to their capacity. Several large fires, which began in area fields, are creating significant issues at this time.

With winds gusting over 40 mph, combined with the especially dry conditions the public is being advised against any open burning. Also area farmers are urged to be extremely careful with their equipment in the fields. Take time to inspect all equipment for any potential issues including dust build up and bearing over heating issues which can contribute to field fires. Lastly, do not discard cigarettes on the ground or out of car windows.

The National Weather Service advisory states that winds will diminish into the evening. However, with the dry conditions not expected to end soon, this advisory will continue until the situation has improved.

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