DCNR Secretary Urges Caution in the Outdoors to Prevent Wildfires

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)   Governor Tom Wolf ha proclaimed March 19-25 as Wildfire Prevention Week.

      Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn warns the combination of bright sun, strong winds, and warming temperatures quickly can increase wildfire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands.

 

“Despite recent cold temperatures and snowcover across much of the state, past springs have shown it just takes a few days of sun and wind to allow brush and forest fire danger to develop quickly,” Dunn said. 

 

DCNR statistics show nearly 85 percent of Pennsylvania’s wildfires occur in March, April and May, before the greening of state woodlands and brushy areas.

 Anglers, campers and other state forest visitors are reminded open fires are prohibited on state forestland from March 1 to May 25, and when the fire danger is listed as high, very high, or extreme, unless authorized by district foresters.

For more information on Wildfire Prevention Week activities, contact local district foresters; call the Bureau of Forestry at (717) 787-2925; or visit www.dcnr.pa.gov (select “Forestry” then “Wildland Fire”).


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