Strong winds, coupled with the dry conditions that exist in several regions of the state, have Conservation Department officials concerned about forest fires. Mike Hoffman, with the Department’s Forestry Division, says sustained rainfall might help alleviate some of the concerns but only to a point, because those storms usually contain strong winds which fan the flames of fires. Hoffman says the state is in the middle of its Spring forest fire season, which usually starts in early to mid February and runs through mid to late April.