Wildfire season is upon us with multiple active fires across the US

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Apr 6, 2015

According to multiple reports,wildfires are currently burning in various areas across the United States.  The Weather Channel Article posted last week, Wildfires Burn from California to Iowa to North Carolina; Fire Threat Remains High,spoke about fires in states that not only included California and Arizona but also Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico and New York.

New Jersey
New Jersey fire posted by Nick Wiltgen on the Weather Channel Website April 2, 2015

Two interesting wildfires/brush fires mentioned that were not large but caused a lot of damage were a brush fire that burned into a parking lot that damaged eight parked cars in Piscataway, New Jersey.  The other fire was a brush fire in a lot in Lockport, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. High southerly wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour in the windy city along with temperatures in the 70s and low humidity contributed to the rapid spread of the fire into parked semis that caught fire.

Semi Fire
This image of parked semis catching fire because of a brush fire in Illinois was submitted to the Weather Channel Website April 1, 2015

On April 5th, the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Southwestern United States.  With all these reports and predictions, we should not be afraid -- but we should be implementing Firewise changes to our homes and the landscape surrounding our homes to be better prepared in the event of a wildfire.  This is the year we can make plans to have a Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire.

April 6 weather outlook