MADISON (WKOW)--A lack of moisture is really starting to affect peoples lawns and fields. Lawn care specialists have been working hard to keep things green during this drought.
"It keeps us busy. We are definitely not getting rained out," Production Manager Jeff Weber says.
On an average year, The Bruce Company has between two and three water trucks going from site to site, but this year seven to eight trucks are running nearly nonstop seven days a week.
"Residents are sending us pictures of their lawns asking for help and what we can help them do for the rest of the year," Weber says.
For irrigation experts drought is definitely good for business. Fire fighters on the other hand
aren't as excited about the dry weather.
"The fuel will ignite a lot faster. The fire will start easier and it will travel very quickly," Madison Fire Department spokesman Eric Dahl says.
Madison crews have only responded to a few drought related fires this year, but as we head into the Fall and more leaves hit the ground they're expecting to see more fires in the coming weeks.
Fire fighters say that one of the major causes of fires this time of year is grilling. During football season a lot of people are firing up the grill on the weekend. Fire fighters advise letting your coals cool down for a few hours before you dispose of them.
"I'd even keep that trash container outside and away from a building just to make sure you don't have problems with a fire," Dahl says.
They say you should also keep it away from tall grass and brush, because even in wet lawns a small spark can lead to a big problem.
Madison fire fighters are also urging smokers to be aware of where they flick their cigarette butts during this drought. A single ember can easily start a grass fire when the ground is this dry.
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