February 10, 2011
Photo by Howard Reed
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Residents who still have debris-filled yards as a result of the April 28 storms now have another option for disposing of it.
Residents who see smoke coming from the area of Brown Bridge Road on Saturday shouldn't panic -- it will likely be the Newton County Fire Service conducting a live fire training exercise.
Brush fires have been in the news this week, and Newton County has experienced its share, according to the Newton County Fire Service.
COVINGTON -- While warmer temperatures send residents outside to do yard work, the Newton County Fire Service reports it has been kept busy this week fighting several woods and grass fires throughout the county.
COVINGTON -- There were 15 incidents in Newton County last year of children deliberately setting fires, according to Lt. Cydnie Taylor with the Newton County Fire Service. As fire safety educator for the NCFS, her mission is to reduce those numbers and she urges parents to be vigilant in helping her educate children about the dangers of fire.
PORTERDALE -- A homeless man who was severely burned when his tent caught fire was able to crawl to a nearby roadside and stop a passerby for help, according to reports from the Newton County Fire Service.
COVINGTON — The Newton County Fire Service is reminding residents of the dangers of home fires, which historically increase during the holiday season and periods of extreme cold weather. This year, both risks seem to be prevalent and warnings are being issued.
The Newton County Fire Service is reminding residents of the dangers of home fires, which historically increase during the holiday season and periods of extreme cold weather. This year, both risks seem to be prevalent and warnings are being issued.
When temperatures plunge, firefighters get busier as keeping homes warm can be a risky business. The Newton County Fire Service is asking residents to be cautious as they seek to keep their homes comfortable.
The Newton County Fire Service was dispatched to Newton High School around 10 a.m. Tuesday after an odor of smoke was reported in the computer lab. NCFS Chief Mike Satterfield said students were evacuated to a safe area of the school and after an intensive investigation, firefighters have not found the source of the odor. "Everything looks to be OK right now," Satterfield said around 11 a.m. School officials have also confirmed that construction is ongoing at the school and the electricity was off for a short time, but students are expected to resume their normal class schedules shortly.
Officials are warning that the extremely dry weather pattern that has settled over the Southeast is increasing the risk of wildfires.