Fire risks with hot weather

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — With all of this hot weather, and many heading out this Labor Day weekend, it can cause a perfect scenario when it comes to fire.

Despite a wet, damp spring and summer, things are starting to dry up around our area.

And that can cause concerns with fires.

Leaders with the Albert Lea Fire Department tell us although the fire risk isn’t bad yet, it’s something that folks should pay attention to and keep in mind at all times.
”You also end up with materials drying out at a faster rate,” Captain Scott Hanna of the Albert Lea Fire Department said. “The reports are southwestern Minnesota is starting to look like they might have some more drought conditions. In this area, it hasn’t been too bad. But, you really, really have to watch it.”

Hanna adds people need to be responsible when it comes to recreational fires.

You should take pre-cautions, have the safety equipment you need and always watch what is going on.

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