Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fire Risk Grows in Region ; Heat Lingers; Fireworks Ban Extended

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fire Risk Grows in Region ; Heat Lingers; Fireworks Ban Extended

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After eight days of record setting temperatures, Evansville may see some relief on Sunday. But that doesn't mean there won't still be a risk of grass and field fires, local fire department officials said. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky., the high temperature on Sunday is expected to reach only 96 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain during the day, and a 40 percent chance of rain that night.

Evansville Fire Department District Chief Dan Grimm said even in the dry weather, firefighters haven't seen much increase in grass or brush fires.

But he warned that the potential is there.

"I applaud the citizens for stepping up and actually trying to be conscious of the dangers of it being extremely dry like it has been," Grimm said. "We've only had three or four (grass fires) in the last week or so. And as dry as it is, that's very good."

Henderson Fire Department Chief Danny Froehlich agreed and said his firefighters also haven't seen a large increase in grass fires.

However, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke extended the city's fireworks ban on Friday because of the historic weather conditions and extreme drought. The ban now continues through July 13.

The city of Evansville broke another daily temperature record on Friday.

The 11 a.m. observation from the National Weather Service listed 100 degrees in the city, breaking the old record of 99, set in 1930. The recorded high for the day, though, was attained at 12:17 p.m. when the temperature reached 104 degrees. It was the eighth record high set in the city over the past 10 days and rivals the historic 1936 heat wave for the title of the city's worst.

Evansville firefighters responded to a grass fire behind the Arbors Eastland Apartments off Old Boonville Highway on Thursday, and despite stating the apartments weren't in a state of danger, Grimm said it was amazing how quickly the fire spread in just the short time it took crews to respond. …

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