Damp summer makes for quiet fire season

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Fire index in the county has been low or moderate

Not everyone has been disappointed over the damp, wet weather experienced in many areas of the county this summer.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire crews have seen little action in Cumberland County this summer, and officers are giving Mother Nature the credit.

Not everyone has been disappointed over the damp, wet weather experienced in many areas of the county this summer.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire crews have seen little action in Cumberland County this summer, and officers are giving Mother Nature the credit.

"We've found that most burning (if it gets out of control) gets out of control on the weekends, and we've had a either a lot of rain on the weekends or it's been miserable and cold," said Michael MacDonald, assistant office supervisor at the DNR office in Oxford. "It works good for us, because we're not getting a lot of complaints and it's greened up really good."

The fire index in the county has been low or moderate for most of the summer. When a dry, sunny day has come along, it has usually been followed by a day or two of rain, he explained.

The Oxford crew responded to fires on Lynn Mountain and in Springhill back in late May or early June, but has otherwise been ready and waiting, according to MacDonald.

The same can be said for the other side of the county as well. Other than a recent forest fire they responded to in neighbouring Colchester County, where a machine caught fire and spread to the surrounding forest near Economy Falls, the crew has had no calls since a busy month of May, according to forestry technician Stan Corbett.

The wet, damp weather has been the major factor, but education and preparation have played roles too, according to Corbett.

"People are a lot more careful now," he said. "The fire brigades are in good shape, and our own fire crew is ready to go on short notice, so we're in pretty good shape on that end."



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Oxford, Cumberland County, Lynn Mountain Springhill Colchester County Economy Falls

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