SOUTH BEND – The risk of fires is growing everyday as we wait for rain.
The South Bend Fire Department has issued a warning about the severe dry weather conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Map, many parts of northern Indiana have abnormally high drought conditions. Due to high winds and very little rain, we are warned to avoid using any ignition source that could potentially start a fire.
11 northeastern Indiana counties are experiencing moderate drought, while the city of South Bend is in a severe drought. The Fire Department says any ignition source can potentially spark fires, including fireworks, pit burnings and any open flame.
“If residents intend to burn, the Fire Department advises having a garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby,” said South Bend Fire Marshal Federico Rodriguez. “Also, supervise children while playing and keep them away from matches, fireworks or any ignition source.”