Dry conditions increase fire threat

The extremely dry conditions we have experienced the last few weeks make our campus and surrounding areas susceptible to the threat of fire.

Last week, there were three separate incidents of small fires sparked from burning cigarettes that were discarded into mulched areas.

Fortunately, we were able to put out the fires without any serious damage, but we want to remind the campus community to be mindful that any smoking materials that come into contact with dry brush or mulch have the potential to start a fire.

People should extinguish and properly dispose of all smoking materials and immediately call 911 to report any buildings or grounds that are smoldering or on fire. Also, remember that it is University policy that smoking is not allowed within 100 feet of University facilities in outdoor areas controlled by the University, both on and off campus.

Thank you for your help in keeping our campus safe.

Sincerely,

Jeff McCracken, Director of Public Safety
Mary Beth Koza, Director of Environment, Health and Safety

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