What has so far been a safer brush fire season is contributing to lower numbers for at least one area fire protection district. Mid-County fire reports a decrease in call load for the month of March. Chief Scott Frandsen says they responded to 173 calls last month – down from the 196 they handled in March of 2017. That included 17 brush or natural cover fires, which Frandsen cites as the primary reason for the lower numbers. Mid-County averaged 5 1/5 calls per day for the month. The bulk of their runs were for medical emergencies (117.) They also handled three structure fires, 3 rubbish or dumpster fires, a vehicle fire, and a boat fire.