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DCNR emphasizes wildfire prevention

Taking action to prevent wildfires during the next three months

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is urging Pennsylvanians to take action to prevent wildfires during the next three months.

Governor Wolf has declared March 3-10 Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania. Dunn said March could sometimes mark the start of a ”very dangerous” wildfire season.

Nearly 85 percent of PA wildfires occur in March, April and May according to DCNR statistics.

“Past springs have shown it takes just a few days of sun and wind to allow brush and forest fire danger to develop quickly,” Dunn said. “A mere spark by a careless person could touch off a devastating forest blaze.”

Dunn said smoking cigarettes and carelessly burning of trash in dry woodland areas are some of the main causes of woodland fires, which could lead to highly destructive blazes.

“Common sense limits the threat of wildfires,” she said.

As a precautionary measure, open fires will be prohibited in state forests from March 1 to May 25 and any time fire danger is listed as high to extreme.

Residents in heavily wooded areas are reminded to follow the precautions set by the Pennsylvania Firewise Community Program.

Fore more information, call the Bureau of Forestry at (717) 787-2925 or visit their website.

 


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