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May 28, 2007

Lee County-  Dry conditions have put a damper on fires and fireworks this holiday weekend at The Parks at Chehaw. Chehaw banned campfires and fireworks.

Park officials are also keeping a close eye on charcoal grills that many people are firing up for their holiday picnics.

"Under normal conditions the top grass, leaf, pine straw, layer maybe dry, but you can kick it and you can find moisture underneath, we're so dry right now you can kick even down into the soil several inches and it's still just bone dry. It's extremely dangerous fire conditions so we have currently banned camp fire, open fires and we are cautioning anyone with charcoal," said Ben Kirkland, Chehaw Operations Manager.

In the last several weeks, several grass fires have been started by careless people picnicking at the park.

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