It did not take long.
On the first spring day that had real warmth in the air, a spate of brush fires sprung up in the county.
There is a lot of moisture in the ground, but also a lot of withered plants from last year and very little new green growth.
Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer
Firefighters from the Sandy Creek Fire District based in Minerva were joined by crews from Hanover Township, Homeworth and North Georgetown in fighting this brush fire off Bayard Road.
Of course, a strong westerly wind with gusts around 25 mph contributed greatly to the conditions.
In about a 60-minute span, reports of four different brush fires buzzed over the scanner in the Journal newsroom:
Three other brush fires sprang up later in the evening, off McIntosh Road near Highlandtown. Two occurred near East Palestine, one off Jimtown Road and the other near state Route 170. Palestine and Negley crews responded.
No injuries were reported in any of the fire calls.