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Dry Conditions Concern Fire Officials

DANVILLE -- The moderate drought is causing concern for fire and environmental officials.

Conservation Officer Bill Cottrell says, "Lack of rain obviously poses a potential fire danger.  We just want everybody to take the necessary precautions."

Danville Assistant Fire Chief Tom Pruitt says, "They just need to use a little bit of common sense, you know.  It's not a good time right  now to be having recreational fires."

The dry conditions are noticeable at Kickapoo State Park and in Danville but the situation is being monitored.

Cottrell says, "We currently, today, do not have a fire ban either in Vermilion County that I'm aware of or in our state parks."

As summer winds down, officials say the dry conditions pose more of a threat.

Pruitt says, "Once it gets burning, it does extend fairly quickly."

More dry leaves will litter the ground only fueling a potential fire.

Cottrell says, "We're just asking everybody to be aware of there surroundings and what going on in the environment currently with these dry conditions.  Everybody's hoping for rain, however, with our first frost things will start to rapidly change."

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports