Captain David Kissinger says the day's low humidity and wind gusts up to forty five miles per hour can cause grassfires to spread rapidly. Springdale crews were called to Linda Street after the wind caused powerlines to arc and blow up a transformer, sending sparks showering to the dry grass below.
Kissinger wants anyone who works with equipment that produces flame, heat or sparks to use extreme caution, and asks citizens to make sure bans have been lifted before starting a controlled burn.
"Most of the time people take them seriously, but there are still occasions where we have people that either didn't know or didn't check to see if we were under a burn ban," he says. "In the winter time with the low humidity, and the dry conditions, even after a heavy rain or a snow, the water absorbs into the ground and the surface grass and vegetation dries out quickly."
Kissinger says if you ignore a burn ban within city limits, you can be fined up to $1,000, and held liable for fire damage to other property.