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: Outdoor Activities
AUSTIN - 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.
An estimated 90 percent of all Texas wildfires are caused by human activity. The greatest single cause is when burning debris is not properly contained and sparks or burning trash are blown into the air. Texans can help prevent fires if they:
Avoid burning trash. Even a barrel covered with a screen can allow a spark to escape, igniting nearby vegetation.
Do not use fireworks during holidays.
If you smoke in your car, extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays. Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and don't put cigarettes out on the ground.
Be careful when pulling off a road or driving into a field. Hot catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.
Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy when working outdoors with equipment that gets hot, or involves sparks, such as welding equipment. Water down outdoor work areas in advance if possible.