CONWAY — Conway Office of Emergency Management would like to remind residents and visitors that every spring, wind and weather conditions combine to elevate the hazards of brush fires.

Once the snow melts, it reveals dried grass, leaves and fallen branches. Warm winds, low humidity and bright sunshine combine to make them tinder dry.

This combustible debris provides the fuel for brush and woods fires.

Fire permits are now required for any open burning in Conway. Weather conditions can change rapidly at this time of year.

Some things to keep in mind:

-- Even after contacting your local fire department and obtaining a burn permit, use common sense. Watch the wind and be prepared to extinguish your open burning. Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose charged with water, and a shovel and rake close by. Make sure the fire is monitored by an adult at all times.

-- If a fire gets out of control, call 911 immediately. Sudden wind is the cause of most open burning getting out of control. Winds that fan the flames can spread faster than a person can run. Use caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members and damage by fire to your home.

-- Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used. Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire. The risk of personal injury in these cases is very high. Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it.

-- Prior to burning, check the N.H. Forest and Lands website for the daily fire danger.

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