After lightning storms blew through Cypress County last week, there were no reports of fires said county fire chief Kelly Meyer.
“It was a very spectacular lightning show,” said Meyer.
“There were some hits in our area but no fires reported. Our guys went out last night (July 19) because someone said they had seen a lightning hit or worried about (a) fire but it was a false alarm.”
Meyer said that the fire calls are not slow nor rapid, but considered at a medium level of duty to this point in the summer.
County fire departments hold meeting and training nights and have had discussions about the fire risks and dryness hampering the county as well as answering residents questions on fire protection.
“Everybody is on high alert,” said Meyer.
“The communication aspect is pretty good. Everybody is watching the weather, the fire index and being prepared.”
He would encourage for people to use extreme caution and do not leave fire pits unattended, while having a garden hose close by.
He added for truckers to keep their chains up and hot equipment not to be left in the grass.
“Everybody has been excellent,” he said.
“They’re watching out for themselves. They’re watching out for their neighbours. Haying season is right now, make sure your equipment is top notch (and) fire extinguishers are on your equipment.”