The Berlin Fire Wardens have issued a burn ban until further notice and will not be issuing any burn permits. Forecasts for warmer, drier weather are prime conditions for a wildfire. Please do not do any outdoor burning until the ban is lifted.
******FLOOD WARNING FOR BERLIN ***********
Meteorological – FLOOD WARNING
Issued By: NWS Burlington (Northern Vermont and New York)
Affected Jurisdictions: Washington County
Headline: Flood Warning issued June 01 at 9:32AM EDT by NWS Burlington
The National Weather Service In Burlington Has Issued A* Flood Warning For Small Streams In…Southwestern Washington County In Central Vermont…*
Until 330 PM EDT Monday*
At 929 AM EDT…River Gauges On The Mad River At Moretown Indicateminor Flooding.
Up To Two Inches Of Rain Have Already In The Madand Dog River Basins.
Minor Flooding Of Low Lying Farmland And Flood Prone Local Roads Isforecast In The Mad And Dog River Basins, Inlcuding The Towns Of moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Berlin, And Northfield.
Do Not Drive Your Vehicle Into Areas Where The Water Covers Theroadway. The Water Depth May Be Too Great To Allow Your Car To Crosssafely. Move To Higher Ground.
MONTPELIER – After a warm, dry weekend and a Red Flag warning yesterday that ended with more than 25 new reports of wild fires, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has issued an order for all of the state’s forest fire wardens to cease issuing burning permits as of 3:00 P.M. on May 5th through May 19th. A Red Flag Warning means there are critical fire weather conditions including low relative humidity, high winds with little to no precipitation had fallen in the past few days. Fires that ignite during these conditions spread rapidly and with high intensity. The ban may be revoked or extended based upon weather conditions.
“We have received notification from many Forest Fire Wardens that they have stopped issuing permits in their towns,” said Lars Lund, Vermont Forest Fire Supervisor, “This non-burn order supports their efforts.” This ban is a cooperative effort between FPR and the Green Mountain National Forest.
“We are seeing fast moving fires burning intensely in difficult terrain and with damage to structures or
with structures threatened,” said Lund. “Downed power lines caused the largest fire yesterday in Brattleboro due to high winds. While this type of fire can’t be avoided, human caused fires can be prevented. Because of the warm weather, we know there are a lot of people in the woods. Today’s order will help us and help the state’s fire wardens reduce the sources of fires.”
Lund stressed that the order is for two weeks, and if significant rain falls anywhere in the state, the order can be revoked by county.
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With the heavy snow that has falling in the area over night, it is important that you pay attention to your roofs, heavy snow loads can cause roofs to collapse.
If you have any concerns Do not hesitate to contact us!
Dangers of Snow-Covered Roofs
Picturesque snow-capped houses are charming, but don’t be fooled by their delicate beauty. Snow has a great deal of weight, and that weight increases immensely when rain, ice and sleet are added to the mix. Two feet of snow on the average-sized roof can be the equivalent of 38,000 pounds, or 19 tons, NBC News reports. All of this weight puts stress on your roof and weakens its structure.
Complicating matters more, the melting of this mass can cause water seepage, which can rot roofs, destroy insulation, flood attics, ruin gutters and damage the interior of your home.
Before attempting to remove snow from roofs, take note that clearing roofs can be a dangerous task. Think twice before jumping on the roof with a shovel in hand, taking the wrong step on an icy roof can easily send you sliding down a slippery slope.
Warning Signs That a Roof Is About to Collapse
The obvious sign that a roof is about to give way is sagging. Also, if you hear creaking, cracking, popping sounds, you should get out of the building as quickly as possible, as these are strong indicators of an imminent collapse.
Severe roof leaks, bowed pipes attached at the ceilings, cracks in the walls or masonry, doors that pop open, as well as doors or windows that are difficult to open are also signs people should look for.
In addition to your roofs, take heed of decks. Often times they are DIY projects and may not be up to standard. This makes them highly susceptible to collapse under the weight of the snow and ice.
With snow-melt and the possibility for significant rainfall in the forecast, it is expected that flooding may be possible. In the event of flooding, please exercise caution.
10 Things to Know about Flood Safety:
Flooding can occur as streams and rivers overflow their banks, when dams or levees break, with run-off from deep snow cover, or any time there is rainfall with significant duration and intensity.
Keep these facts in mind to stay alive and dry.
*Flash floods can come rapidly and unexpectedly. They can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, or when a dam or levee fails and even a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam. Be cautious during storm seasons, or any time that flooding is common in your area.
*You may not have warning that a flash flood is approaching.
*Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
*Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
*If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
*Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
*If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
*Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
*One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.
*Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.
Sources: FEMA.gov, NOAA.gov
Hello everyone, With the cold temperatures and the rain we are see a large amount of ice build up. Please check your chimneys and vents (stove,water heater,sewer,etc). The ice is building up and plugging them. Also with the ice comes weight, please check your roofs , in years passed we have had roofs fail. With all of these things, please ensure your Carbon Monoxide (CO) Meter is working, when vents get plugged CO stays in the home, CO is colorless and odorless. If you start to become dizzy or light headed get outside to fresh air and call 911.
Please do not hesitate to call us, we are here to help!!
Chief Miles Silk Jr
Residential fire-safety checklist
- Make sure a smoke alarm is installed on every level of your home, including the basement.
- When installing smoke alarms, always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Test your smoke alarm monthly.
- The combination of working smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 80%. So consider installing home fire sprinklers in your home.
- Always use cooking equipment that is tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
- Follow manufacturers’ instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
- Have your furnace inspected by a heating professional regularly to ensure that it is in good working condition.
Thank you to everyone that helped stuff our fire truck! Barre City Fire Department, Montpelier Fire Department, and Berlin Fire Department dropped off around 4000 Pounds of food to the stuff-a-truck here in Berlin.