INCREASED WILDFIRE DANGER THIS AFTERNOON IN ATHENS CO, SUN, 5/5

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LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, DRY SURFACE LITTER AND SOUTHEAST WIND, WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KNOTS WILL CREATE AN ENHANCED THREAT FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES THIS AFTERNOON.

OPEN BURNING OF ANY TYPE IS CONSIDERED VERY HAZARDOUS AT THIS TIME.  ACCIDENTAL ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE BY FAR THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF WILDFIRES IN OHIO.  ALSO, BE CAREFUL WITH HEAT AND SPARKS WHILE OPERATING ANY EQUIPMENT OR SMOKING IN WOODLAND AREAS.

PLEASE OBEY STATE FIRE LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR ANY BURNING RESTRICTIONS.  OPEN BURNING IN OHIO IS PROHIBITED IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS IN MARCH, APRIL, MAY, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6 AM AND 6 PM.

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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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