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Montgomery County: Burn ban still in effect

Officials say even though drought conditions are much better now, the potential for wildfires remains high so a burn ban in Montgomery County remains in effect.
August 30, 2013 8:27:51 PM PDT
Montgomery County officials are reminding residents that a burn ban is still in effect this Labor Day weekend for the drought-stricken county.

County officials say even though drought conditions are much better than in recent months, there hasn't been enough rainfall to saturate the ground and the potential for wildfires remains high.

"Rainfall earlier this year contributed to new growth in lighter wildfire fuels such as grass and brush. As our drought lingers on, these fuels die and dry out, and can easily be ignited by any small flame or spark," the county said in a prepared statement.

The county also has issued the following tips to help families stay safe this weekend:

  • Be aware when grilling on wooden decks or in dry grass.
  • Keep water handy in case of fire.
  • When transporting portable pits, be sure the fire is extinguished.
  • Thoroughly soak any leftover charcoal or ash from your BBQ pit before disposal.
  • Completely extinguish all smoking materials.
  • Remember your vehicle's exhaust system can ignite a fire when driving through or stopped in dry vegetation.
  • Report all fires immediately to 911.
For updates or more information go to the county's website or their Facebook page.

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