Fire season is here.
With the recent snow melt and everything drying out– it’s making conditions prime for fires to spread.
Warmer temperatures have FINALLY arrived and everything is drying out… that means it’s now fire season.
Brandon Fritterer, Captain at Bismarck Rural Fire Dept, says, “It started a little late this year just with the weather we had a fairly wet and cold early April.”
Now that wildfires are becoming frequent it’s not unusual to see.
Dan Schelske, Park Manager at For Abraham Lincoln State Park, says, “This time of the year is typically kind of one of the worst for fires.”
The risk of fires all depends on the vegetation and how fast it dries out and what’s left on the ground from last year doesn’t help the fire risk.
Fritterer says, “You’re going to see that conditions at the ground level are wet, but the grass obviously is dead grass because it doesn’t hold moisture.”
The high winds help dry out vegetation and the open areas is where the fire danger is greatest – because the grass is taller there– it can easily spread.
There are a lot of factors that make fires spread — low humidity and strong winds.
Schelske says, “The wind is up and fluffing everything up so the fire danger is a little bit higher.”
Soon enough the camping season will be fully underway and the biggest concern will be handling those fires.
Schelske says, “They should always watch their fire and should never leave it unattended. They should have water close by — a shovel or something that they can douse the flames if they have to if it starts getting outside the fire ring.”
The State Park Manager says even with a little bit of green showing on the grass — it doesn’t mean a fire won’t go through it — it’ll still burn.
Fritterer says watching the weather and the fire index is a good rule on deciding to burn or not.