- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BENTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southern Illinois’ Franklin County are using a recent spate of apparently suspicious field fires to warn residents that dry conditions could court disaster.

Sesser Fire Protection District Chief Cletus McBride tells the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (https://bit.ly/1m3HPmX ) there were at least five remote brush fires that were likely deliberately set.

McBride says none of the fires injured anyone or involved large acreage. But he says the possible culprits “just don’t realize how dry it is and the high winds add to it.”

The fire district and the county’s sheriff’s department are investigating.

In nearby Williamson County, Fire Protection District Chief Jeremy Norris says his department responded to two field fires last weekend.

Fire officials remind property owners to be mindful of the dryness when burning anything outdoors.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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