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Dry weather causes increased fire danger

Officials stress importance of putting out fires
Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 19:01:55-04

Breaux Bridge fire officials are warning residents about the dangers of the recent dry weather we've been experiencing.

Acadiana is in the heat of the summer right now and with very little rain over the last few days, we’re starting to see some vegetation and fields dry out, which has fire officials concerned.

A recent post on the Breaux Bridge Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page shows a scorched field where firefighters recently extinguished a blaze. The caption below warns that something as simple as tossing a lit cigarette from a moving vehicle can spark a dangerous blaze.

St. Martin Parish Fire District Coordinator Brody Miller shares this advice, “If you are going to burn trash or branches in your backyard maybe have a hose handy, keep the area around it wet at all times and watch it till it burns out. if you're going to BBQ, don't throw the coals out immediately, let them burn out completely before discarding of them the proper way...and if you are gonna smoke, please discard it the proper way once you've completed."

The biggest takeaway firefighters want you to know is to make sure all your fires are completely extinguished.