Hot, Dry Indiana Weather Fuels Fires

Today, Westfield firefighters had their hands full when a half-acre of land went up in flames.  Firefighters rushed to the home at 2504 West 206th Street in Westfield.  Immediately, firefighters realized they needed more help and called for additional fire trucks.  They then contained the fire–preventing its spread to the home–and extinguished it.  All this without injury to the homeowners or firefighters.  People at the home had been shooting guns when sparks from their ammunition caught the grass on fire.  A combination of these sparks, dry weather, and heat all contributed to today’s fire.

With Indiana facing below average rainfall this summer, it’s imperitive people take these precautions:

  • Place cigarette butts in metal containers.  Do not throw them on the ground or into vegetation.
  • Keep at least 18 inches between mulch beds and building materials that can burn.
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days.  When conditions are windy or dry, it is too easy for open burning to spread out of control.
  • Do not use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids to burn brush, trash, or other waste.

*Safety Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Agency

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