Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:38 AM EST2009-01-21 16:38:31 GMT
Officials with the Governor's Division of Emergency Management urged Texans to take extra precautions this year to avoid the threat of wildfires. High winds and dry conditions can set the stage for potentially severe fires.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:36 AM EST2009-01-21 16:36:32 GMT
Wildland fires pose a threat throughout Texas, especially when dry weather conditions combine with high winds and extreme temperatures. Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can threaten your home.More >>
Wednesday, January 21 2009 11:33 AM EST2009-01-21 16:33:58 GMT
Farm and ranch families and citizens living in rural areas can help protect their property during potentially severe wildfire seasons by taking precautions before wildland fires break out. Fire experts advise clearing a 30-to-50-foot space around homes and other buildings. Keep grass mowed down whether it is dormant or still green.More >>
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From news release:
Governor's Division of Emergency Management WILDFIRE awareness: Preparedness and evacuations
AUSTIN - Wildland fires pose a threat throughout Texas, especially when dry weather conditions combine with high winds and extreme temperatures. Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can threaten your home. When weather conditions make wildland fires more likely, take the following precautions:
Keep fire fighting tools handy, such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and buckets.
Place connected garden hoses on all sides of the house for emergency use.
Know all emergency exits from your house.
Learn all routes leading out of your neighborhood.
As fires actually approach, take the following actions:
Park your car facing the direction of escape.
Shut off gas at the meter. Only a qualified professional can safely turn the gas back on.
Turn off propane tanks.
Place combustible patio furniture inside.
Seal vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
Wet down or remove shrubs within 15 feet of your residence.
Place lawn sprinklers on roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet down the roof.
Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and non combustible window coverings. Remove flammable drapes and curtains.
Close interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.