Descending into fall but it's still fire season

By Will Emerson

We're past the equinox and the weather remains warm and dry. Nights are getting chilly but afternoon temperatures are in the mid 80's and humidity is dipping below 20%. That means that the fire danger is still high. It's easy to think that fire season is over but it's not. Warm days, low humidity, and the strong winds we often get in the fall can cause any spark to become a major fire. Be extra careful with chainsaws. Clean leaves and needles off your roof and clean your chimney before you fire up the wood stove for the first time. If you've built up burn piles over the summer, cover their centers with tarps so that they will light after it rains but wait for a good, soaking rain or two before lighting them. Use common sense and enjoy this fine fall weather.