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Marysville Fire Marshal urges caution during extreme temperatures


August 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of the city of Marysville

Crews from the Marysville Fire District Brush put out a fire along SB I-5 at approximately milepost 202 on July 31.

\With an excessive heat warning in effect through Friday, all residents in the Marysville Fire District service area are urged to use extra caution to stay safe from the heat and prevent wildfires.

Outdoor burning is currently banned in unincorporated Snohomish County and within Marysville city limits, with the exception of recreational fires. Fire Marshal Tom Maloney cautions against any kind of burning at this time.

"As this prolonged dry period continues, our grass and other fuels can catch fire extremely easily," Maloney said. "We strongly advise against any type of outdoor burning, even recreational fires, until we receive significant rainfall."

The Marysville Fire District has responded to at least six brush or vegetation fires over the past two weeks, including one along I-5 Monday. We ask that everyone take the following precautions:

• Never throw cigarette butts from car windows.

• Keep your car maintained and avoid driving through or parking on dry grass. Hot exhaust pipes can catch grass on fire.

• Keep your lawn mowed to reduce the amount of fuel that could burn. Mow early in the morning when there's more humidity and be sure to dispose of the cuttings.

• Keep mulch or beauty bark thoroughly watered if possible and avoid placing mulch against combustible materials including decks and siding.

It's also important that everyone take personal precautions during this heat wave including drinking plenty of fluids, checking on elderly neighbors and avoiding strenuous activities. It cannot be emphasized enough that leaving children, disabled people or pets in hot cars poses a grave danger. Don't do it, even for a few minutes.

The City of Marysville has designated cooling stations at the Marysville Library (6120 Grove St.) during regular business hours and Marysville Fire District Station 62 (10701 Shoultes Rd.) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Friday.


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