Fire conditions cause of concern for area fire depts.

Due to the extremely high fire conditions present this summer, the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce, the Brady Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Brady request the public’s assistance in preventing fires over the July 4 holiday. “For the safety of everyone, we are asking the citizens of Brady to refrain from the use of fireworks during the Zambelli Internationale fireworks display on Tuesday, July 3 at Brady Lake,” said Chamber EVP DeLaine Poe. “Traffic congestion and pedestrian activity make a fast response to emergencies very difficult,” she explained. Also, igniting fireworks inside the city limits of Brady is a violation of City Ordinance No. 192, and the Brady Police Department will be enforcing this ordinance. Citations will be issued to violators and they may be fined up to $200. This past weekend the Brady Volunteer Fire Department responded to three separate grass fires. “We were paged out to a grass fire behind 800 Broad Street at 3:14 p.m. on Friday, June 29,” said Brady Fire Department Chief Johnny Elliott. “It wasn’t a big fire, and we had it under control shortly after we arrived on the scene.” On Sunday, July 1, fire crews made two trips to the Brady Lake dam’one at 12:56 a.m. and the other at 8:48 a.m. The first fire was a grass fire near the Brady Lake dam. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but according to Chief Elliott, “It could have been caused by fireworks, but we’re not entirely sure.” The second call Sunday morning had the fire department back on the dam fighting a fire’only this time it was a post that had caught on fire. “The post probably caught fire because the fire ignited earlier that morning hadn’t been properly put out. I don’t think anyone intentionally tried to set a post on fire,” said Chief Elliott. “Every year people go out and pop firecrackers during the July 4th holiday, and every year because of that, we have to fight grass fires. People need to be careful and remain aware of their surrounding when using fireworks.” Also this past weekend, officers with the Brady Police Department kept up their promise to issue citations for fireworks ignited inside the city limits. “We’ve issued one or two tickets for igniting fireworks inside the city limits,” said Brady Police Chief John Stewart. “We’ll have officers in the Brady Lake park Tuesday night observing the crowds and they will write tickets as needed for those who don’t obey the law. If we see people using anything that burns or can create a fire hazard or injury to someone, we’ll give them a citation if we need to.”

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