Dothan Fire Department stresses drought and fire safety

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Fire Department is reminding residents that current weather conditions can easily lead to dangerous situations.

“We have low humidity outside and then with just a little bit of wind added to that, what can happen is we have a small fire that turns into a large fire really quickly,” said Dothan Battalion Chief David Hasty.

Wind is a particularly dangerous factor as it can carry sparks and flames.

“The winds that we’ve been having often times will cause that to dry out even faster,” said Dothan Fire Marshal Chris Etheredge.

Currently, Dothan is not under a burn ban. However, with such dry conditions, the fire department is monitoring and watching for new alerts.

“We’re pretty comfortable in following the lead of the state,” Etheredge said. “When they feel like we have a significant issue or drought emergency, we’ll issue that order then.”

Right now, the Wiregrass is around 12.5 inches under the normal rainfall amount, but scattered storms are expected in the next several days.

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