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Tossing Cigarette Butts In Dry Conditions Could Cost You
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CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI)– As severe drought conditions continue, so do the risks for brush fires in the Midwest.

Emergency crews are on high alert and there`s one habit that can make their job more difficult, burning cigarette butts tossed from car windows.

If caught you can face fines and misdemeanor charges.

The Caseyville Fire Department says they had three brush fires in the last week caused  by discarded cigarettes. If caught  the fines can be hefty. Ranging from $750 to well into the thousands. You can also face misdemeanor and felony charges.

Law enforcement is oping that drivers heed their warning because a small cigarette can potentially create a big problem for everyone.

The Caseyville Fire Department says they get about 500 fire and emergency calls per year. So far this year it stands at 300.

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