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Lots of Wind, Little Rain Perfect Conditions for Brush Fires

Posted April 1, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Recent weather conditions around the Triangle are creating a growing risk of brushfires, and firefighters said leftover fallen trees from Hurricane Fran make the fire risk worse.

Nash County Assistant Fire Marshall Scott Rogers said everything from broken power lines to yard fires could be big problems.

Downed trees are the main fire risk and this season the risk is higher. Thousands of trees from Hurricane Fran have formed have formed a flammable blanket across North Carolina's forests. Charles Wood, who works with the N.C. Forest Service said the brush not only gives fires the fuel they need to start, it also slows attempts to stop the fire.

No burn restrictions are in effect now, but firefighters are asking those who plan to burn in their yards to be careful.