Fire Season

The sun angle is now similar to what it is around Labor Day.  The higher sun angle in combination of no crops in the fields means an enhanced ability to dry the soils in comparison to late summer.  Plus, with precipitation averages also much lower this time of year in comparison to late summer that ability to dry soils and dormant vegetation is also heightened in April.  Traditionally this was fire season on the great plains either by early season thunderstorms or manmade.  Our frequently wet spring is recent years may have cause us to forget that, but April could be described as our fire season.

Daryl Ritchison