MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) - Near drought conditions have plagued central Illinois and Indiana lately. Rain has been scarce, which has made for a dry end to summer.
Tom Hintz from Lincoln Trail State Park in Marshall Illinois says the lack of rain has made everything exceptionally dry.
"Areas that haven't been burned in the last couple years, prescription burns, sometimes we burn on purpose to go and get better regrowth in the native plants and such, but those areas are probably going to be pretty volatile."
Prescription burns are common, but without occasional rain, Hintz says that makes them harder to control.
"This has been an unusually dry summer, and I would imagine that this burn season is gonna be, probably a productive burn season, but we're also gonna have to approach it very cautiously too."
Caution is being taken all over the park, too. Hintz says "we always get the fallen leaves off the campsites so they don't burn, but we just need to be really careful in parks and open areas and such so that we don't start any wildfires."
But it's not just parks where safety should be a priority, it's our back yards too.
"Always keep your fire to a minimum, make sure there's no fuel on the ground, get down to the mineral soil around your fire. Make sure you have a nice fire ring or lots of big rocks around your fire."
Prescription burns happen annually in the park. This years burn is set for November. Advice to keep you and your family safe this fall.