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Dry Conditions Spark Multiple Area Brushfires

Cove Fire Companies Ask Public for Caution


March 18, 2021

Rick Boston

Area fire companies had to respond to a fire started to burn rubbish on Tuesday morning. The fire, on Carper Road, Taylor Township, was started but then the person who started it left the area. A North Woodbury Township employee noticed the smoke from the fire and alerted authorities. Law enforcement and fire officials decided that the fire presented a danger and called out Roaring Spring and Martinsburg fire companies to extinguish it. Officials are asking people not to burn, or to do so only safely, following local rules and ordinances.

The beginning of the spring season also marks an increase in outdoor burning as people get outside to clean up debris the winter has left in their yards and fields. But with the increase in outdoor burning, the risk of brushfires is high.

From the beginning of March until around mid-May, conditions are high for setting off a fire that can quickly burn through acres of land.

"It only takes one spark, one hot ember," said Ron Henry, Freedom Township fire chief.

Henry said most brushfires are started by people who are burning trash or rubbish who are not paying close enough attention to condit...

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