Grassfires this year haven't been nearly as bad here in the southeast as they were last year. 

"There definitely has been a different trend," explained Fire Chief Dale Feser. "Number one, the fire danger index hasn't been as high as it was last year. We've been receiving moisture in key critical times. That's helped us out quite a bit."

"As well, the people in the RMs have done a great job in being a little more diligent when they're controlled burns. As a result, we've also seen a lower rate of occurrences of heading out to the RMs to fight those particular fires."

He added that high heat and strong winds accompanied by little lack of precipitation seen last year contributed to the high number of grass fires. 

"Right now, as of July 22nd that the last issued report, we are in the low range. Not to say that a fire couldn't occur because we do have a fairly substantial wind but the rate of spread of the fire will be kept at a very manageable level."

The humidity also factors into it. 

"If you have a lower dewpoint, that's going to create some moisture. The winds, the moisture conditions as a result of dewpoint and of course, the rains that come in, play a huge factor in that."

The forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid to low 20s for the rest of the week. 

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