As the rainfall lessens and mulch begins to dry up, outside fires become more common.
Some steps can be taken to prevent fires, which could damage buildings.
Cigarettes and matches shouldn’t be tossed in grass, bushes or the woods, according to a release from the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR).
Instead, smokers should completely extinguish and place them in designated areas.
PWCDFR also recommends home and business owners water their plants throughout the warmer months, and remove dead trees and debris.
Fires can also be prevented by stacking firewood 30 feet or more away from a building and giving enough clearance for electronics, such as decorative lights.
It’s also suggested that citizens purchase a hose they can use on landscape or in case a fire occurs.
“Whether at home or on the go, if you discover an outside fire, call 911 Immediately,” Acting System Chief Tim Keen said in a release.