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Dry weather conditions

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles has only received eleven-inches of rain this year.

"We should be sitting on twenty-inches of rain. We just came off of one of the driest Aprils ever, in Lake Charles," said KPLC Meteorologist, Jeff Jumper. "We are expecting more of a drought to occur, which again, will only compound the impacts of the drought status that we're at, and the lack of rain."

The Lake Charles Fire Department has been busier than ever before. Last year, by this time, they had fought five grass fires. This year it is already up to thirty-five grass fires. Now, fire officials are advising people to refrain from burning, but if you have to, there are precautions you need to take.

"If they are going to do this, have the location away from the home. [Be] seventy-five feet to one-hundred feet away from the home. [Use] a location where it can't spread to a neighbors yard, or to someone's home," said Chief T.A. Jones with the Lake Charles Fire Department.

One possible cause to an unintentional fire is, often times, ignited by something you might not have even thought to be mindful of.  

"You would be surprised, when that cigarette, you toss that out of your car, what can happen," said Chief T.A. Jones.

"The summer heat can also spark outdoor barbeques, but with these dry conditions, this too can be dangerous. You need to make sure the barbeque pit is at least 10 feet away from the home. You also need to make sure you have a fire extinguisher or a water hose nearby, incase things get out of hand.

The fire department said the number one thing people can do, is to be watchful, and do not burn if you do not have to.

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