Multiple Brush Fires Cause Major Concern

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s getting pretty hot in the Tennessee Valley, after several grass fires broke out this week, including the one on Highway 27.

“They’re gonna happen until we get some rain, or till the humidly kicks up,” said Battalion Chief, Ashley May. In fact, according to experts, current weather conditions are so perfect for grass fires, the Division of Forestry asked for a burning ban Thursday.

“It’s Spring time,” said May, “People wanna clean their yards. People want to clean up around the places, people want to spruce up everything they have. So it’s a way that people want to get rid of things, but it’s not the proper way.”

May said brush fires can start pretty easily, especially on family camping or hunting trips, which is why it’s so important to be careful, “Always remember fire safety that we’ve all been taught, well most of us have been taught. I mean be careful with your matches, your cigarette lighters, you know… Don’t leave things half way done.”

And as always, never  attempt to put a fire out on your own, “Just remember, we’re here,” said May, “Ya’ll pay for our services. You’re our customers, and if there’s a problem you see, with brush fires or anything of that sort, just dial 911, we’ll take care of it.”

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