With the transition from winter to spring, it also brings greater fire risks.
"We could have a quick melt, which in turn will create pretty dry conditions. Fire needs fuel, any of that extra grass, twigs, branches and leaves, once that all dries out it becomes very flammable," said Sturgeon County Fire Chief Pat Mahoney.

The warmer temperatures may also intrigue some people to use their outdoor fire pit.
"If you're out having a campfire or backyard fire please use caution and always make sure the fires out when you leave it," added Mahoney.
Some other safety tips include:
- Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
- Clear leaves and other debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch and within 10 feet of the house.
- Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Wildfire can spread to treetops.

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