Brush fires a concern with dry conditions

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many of us got some much needed rain Sunday night, but it's still been a dry summer.

Some parts of Virginia are so dry firefighters are worried about possible brush fires from fireworks.

Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand in hand.

Stop by any fireworks store and you'll see plenty of people like James Robertson loading up with fireworks.

Robertson said he's well aware of the possibility of brush fires started by fireworks with the dry summer conditions.

"You think about it," he said.  "You just try and keep a fire soother or a fire extinguisher around. Something to just try and keep it safe, mainly for the kids."

NBC12 Meteorologist Andrew Freiden says this has been a hotter and drier summer than usual.

The rain after the downtown fireworks Sunday night helped, but he says there are other areas that still haven't seen rain in quite a while.

"There are pockets out there," Freiden said.  "People out there know where they are, where it's been really dry, where drought conditions are starting to build and those are the areas, the pockets out there that have been significantly dryer than the rest of us that really need to be careful on a day like this."

Jim Boyd at Big Bang Fireworks in Mechanicsville says common sense can go a long way toward enjoying fireworks safely.

"We always recommend a bucket of water, a water hose around and buying legal fireworks," Boyd said.  "Never make your own."

Others say the legal fireworks in Virginia aren't big enough to get you into too much trouble.

"I don't think you'll see a lot of fires," Robertson said.

Andrew says if a few brush fires do break out, don't expect them to burn for long.

We're not expected to see the high winds or low humidity that can help spread brush fires.

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