|Celebrate Safely this Independence Day Holiday |
Dry Weather Conditions Increase Risk for Wildfires
|Unusually dry weather across northeastern Illinois has led to increased risk for wildfires, and has resulted in several significant brush and grass fires in Lake County over the past week. |
Therefore, the Lake County Fire Chiefs Association and the Lake County Emergency Management Agency are warning residents to celebrate safely over the Fourth of July holiday by refraining from using sparklers or illegal personal fireworks.
"Any fireworks can produce sparks that can start wildfires when conditions are very dry. A fire that starts is likely to grow and spread quickly," explained Lake County Emergency Management Coordinator, Kent McKenzie. "Also, fires of any kind can be dangerous, including campfires, bonfires, and even cooking grills when not used safely, so we urge residents to use extreme caution."
Agencies across the area will be enforcing Illinois laws regarding fireworks, open burning, and hazardous conditions. Residents are encouraged to attend professional fireworks displays because they are closely monitored for safety.