Rockland fire coordinator gives safety tips amid recent rash of brush fires

News 12’s Ben Nandy spoke with Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chris Keal about how to minimize brush fires in the current dry weather conditions.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2022, 8:57 PM

Updated 667 days ago

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News 12’s Ben Nandy spoke with Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chris Keal about how to minimize brush fires in the current dry weather conditions.
Several brushfires occurred over the past week, including one that has been burning since Saturday in West Point.
Keal advises Rockland County residents to be careful with lit cigarettes and campfires, which are a big risk during dry weather. He recommends campers use more water than they think is necessary when they're putting out a campfire.
"Just really soak it down. You don't want to leave it smoldering for a day or two, and then embers fly around and they drift off into a wooded area and start a fire,” he said.
According to Keal, Rockland County is almost in the safe zone with regard to brush-fire danger, and one more big rainstorm could put the area in the clear for now.


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