Harsh Indiana winter raises spring fire danger

Winter snow storm (WISH Photo/ Ron Nakasone)
Winter snow storm (WISH Photo/ Ron Nakasone)

WASHINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s harsh winter is creating springtime fire dangers.

Firefighters in southwestern Indiana’s Daviess County have fought at least nine grass fires so far this week. Washington Township Volunteer Fire Chief Tony Wichmanin tells the Washington Times-Herald the cold weather killed off a lot of vegetation that will burn quickly.

Washington Fire Chief Dave Rhoads says high winds are contributing to the problem.

The National Weather Service posted a warning of an enhanced wildfire danger Friday for several southern Indiana counties.

The weather service says a low relative humidity and winds gusting near 30 mph will create dangerous conditions in which fires could quickly spread out of control.

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