Spring Increases Danger of Fire

EMPORIUM – It is spring fire season and the fire danger has been increasing. It may become very high or extreme as the area moves through spring, according to Jeanne Wambaugh, district forester with Elk State Forest.

Community members, she said, may check the Smokey Bear Fire Danger Rating Signs throughout the area.  The Bureau of Forestry would like to remind individuals to be careful with fire.

Whether individuals are burning trash or yard debris, Wambaugh said the bureau reminds them “to take the time to think before striking the match.”  First, she said that individuals should consider if it is too warm, dry or windy to burn.

Also, she said that individuals should consider if the surrounding area is free of leaves and other combustibles; if there is a ready source of water (bucket or hose); and if there is a rake to extinguish any embers that might escape. Not to mention, if there’s an individual to watch the fire until it is dead or out.

“Remember, we need your help to reduce the number of fires and the damage they can cause,” said Wambaugh. “People burning debris start most forest fires, and it only takes one spark to start a fire. But, with your help, we can protect our private lands, as well as state forests lands from forest fires.”

Anyone wanting to contact the Bureau of Forestry should please call the District Office at 814-486-3353. You can visit the bureau online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/.  Also check out Facebook at www.facebook.com/elkstateforest.

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