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Lockwood firefighters prepared for fire season

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 23:51:31-04
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LOCKWOOD – Fire danger is considered moderate in many parts of the region, but that can quickly change. 

In Lockwood and other areas, the grass is higher and thicker than in normal years.

Rain has led to much more plant growth and fuel in the area.

“We’re going to have a very dangerous condition with the amount of fuel that we have out there," said Lockwood Fire Chief John Staley.

Staley said the heat and wind are big concerns with the drying of potential fuels.

“What we’re watching now is the wind,” Staley said. “Once the wind starts, coupled with that hot temperature, for us the concern is it dries out that top two or three inches of soil down there. If we get sustained wind with these 90 and 100 degree temperatures, this will dry out very, very fast."

Staley also says the Lockwood Fire Department has extra supplies of water and cooling packs in case of emergencies involving dehydration and heat stroke.