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Drought Causes Increased Fire Risk

Recent weather conditions have caused major concerns with the local water supply, and have also increased the possibility of brush and grass fires. Dried vegetation that is normally green this time of year has become a fire hazard, and a perfect fuel for a brush fire.

The Oswego Fire Department has already responded to an increase in grass, brush, and mulch fires in recent weeks, and conditions continue to deteriorate as dry weather continues. Earlier today, a carelessly discarded cigarette likely caused a fire outside a local business causing damage to the structure.

I strongly urge the residents and visitors of the City of Oswego to immediately stop outdoor burning until we are clear of this dangerous time. Last week, an ember from a small fire burning in a chiminea ignited a large grass fire behind a residence. Although small recreational fires are technically allowed under certain conditions, a stray ember can have catastrophic effects on public safety. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter.

With regard to water conservation, we ask that residents try to limit residential and commercial water usage. At this time the Gallagher Pool at Fort Ontario will remain open, however the water sprinkler parks will be shut down until further notice.

Please report any suspected water main or fire hydrant leaks to the Oswego DPW at (315) 3424212.

As always, thank you for your support.

Chief Jeffrey McCrobie

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