Friday, April 22, 2016

Fire Danger on the Allegheny NF lowered to Moderate

Warren, Pa. (April 22, 2016) – With the onset of rain and cooler temperatures, the Allegheny lowered its fire danger rating to moderate. When the fire danger is "moderate" it means that fires can start from most accidental causes, but the number of fire starts is usually pretty low.  If a fire does start in an open, dry grassland, it will burn and spread quickly on windy days.  Most wood fires will spread slowly to moderately. Average fire intensity will be moderate except in heavy concentrations of fuel, which may burn hot. Fires are still not likely to become serious and are often easy to control.
“Please continue to use caution when building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove,” said Pete To, Fire Management Officer. “Make sure you have a lot of water on hand to completely put out the campfire. It needs to be cold to the touch.”