FIRE DANGER “VERY HIGH”

by Christian Mower on May 2, 2013

IT’S SPRING – AND THE CONWAY FIRE CHIEF SAYS THAT ALWAYS BRINGS THE FIRE DANGER UP.

STEVE SOLOMON SAYS IT HAS BEEN DRY FOR A WEEK NOW AND WEDNESDAY WAS THE SECOND STRAIGHT DAY WHERE THERE WAS VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER.

IT WAS A CLASS 4 DAY, THE SECOND HIGHEST ALERT LEVEL.

THERE ARE FIVE CLASSES, RANGING FROM THE LOWEST FIRE DANGER RATING – CLASS 1 – THE CHIEF SAYS IT REALLY HAS TO BE RAINING FOR THAT TO BE ISSUED – CLASS 2 IS MODERATE DANGER, CLASS 3 IS HIGH FIRE DANGER – THAT’S NORMALLY ISSUED FOR MOST SUMMER DAYS, TO THE MOST SEVERE, CLASS 5 – MEANING CONDITIONS ARE EXTREME.

SOLOMON SAYS THINGS HAVEN’T GREENED UP YET – AND THAT WILL TAKE A DAY OR TWO OF RAIN.

LAST YEAR (2012) AT THIS TIME CONDITIONS WERE WINDY, AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF CLASS FIVE ALERTS ISSUED. THE CHIEF SAYS THE DIFFERENCE THIS SPRING IS IT HASN’T BEEN THAT WINDY.

THE CHIEF SAYS HIS FIREFIGHTERS HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED TO A COUPLE OF BRUSHFIRES, ONE IN CENTER CONWAY AND A LARGE ONE IN EAST CONWAY – AND ABOUT A DOZEN OUTDOOR BURNS BEING DONE WITHOUT A PERMIT.

SOLOMON REMINDS EVERYONE A PERMIT IS NOW REQUIRED FOR ANY TYPE OF OUTDOOR BURN. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR DETAILS.

METEOROLOGIST ERIC SCHWIBS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY, MAINE SAYS THE FINE BRUSH AND GRASS IN THE VALLEY AREA AND WESTERN MAINE ARE TINDER DRY RIGHT NOW. HE SAYS THAT’S EXPECTED TO CHANGE IN ABOUT A WEEK, WHEN THE CURRENT FORECAST CALLS FOR CONDITIONS TO SHIFT TO A PATTERN OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.conwayfire.org.

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