The calls are coming in spurts, he said, as “We’ll go a day with none, and then all of a sudden, we’ll have four or five” in a day.
The department had received 225 calls this year through Sunday (June 15), compared to 168 for the corresponding period last year, Taylor said.
Of the 47 calls the department received in May, 14 were for grass fires, he reported. With the area now experiencing summertime heat, the fire chief urged, “Be careful with outdoor burning. We’ve got a lot of rain, but it’s still dry.”
The department worked a total of 185.94 man-hours in May, Taylor reported.
Besides the grass fires, he said, the number of calls by categories included vehicle accidents, 8; structure fires, 5; fire alarms, 5; Jaws of Life extrication tool/rescue, 3; electrical wiring, 3; vehicle fires, 2; smoke/gas odor, 2; calls canceled en route, 2; assist police, 1; public service, 1; hazardous material/spill, 1.