Emergency officials give tips to help minimize field fires

KHQA Photographer Nick Stewart

It's a combination of wind and warm weather.

Chris Costigan is the Lieutenant with Tri-Township Fire Department.

He said there's one element mother nature could add to the mixture to turn it into dangerous field fires.

"Conditions are dry right now and there's a lot of dead vegetation," Costigan explained.

Tri-State emergency officials are alert after a field fire broke out in Hancock County 24 hours ago.

Costigan mentioned people should be aware when doing either a control or recreational burn.

He pointed out these fires happen in one of two ways.

"Unattended, they walk away from it and the fire jumps from the field or nearby vegetation or wooded area," Costigan mentioned.

The second is when people decide to burn in winds exceeding over 10 miles per hour.

"If you're hitting 15 to 20 mile per hour winds, there's a good chance it's going to get away from you,” Costigan said.

Those chances increase when people decide to burn at night and forget about what they started.

Another tip is to make sure you have extinguishing tools, a garden hose or even a rake nearby.

These items will come in handy to help minimize a field fire.

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