Helping Prevent Wildfires
It's a campaign designed to highlight the safety and prevention of wildfires. This week is National Wildfire Prevention Week and local organizations want to spread the word on how you can protect yourself.
Ludie Bond with the Division of Forestry says it's important to keep a buffer around your home to prevent a wildfire from destroying it. Bond says things like locating dead, dry or highly flammable items can help against the spread of fire. Also, keep grass mowed and irrigated and remove gas tanks or stacks of firewood. Another way to keep flames at bay - prescribed burns.
"Using fire today to reduce fuels that could potentially get out of control for wildfires in our neighbors in our area that we have to be cautious of our actions out here with fire. This will keep their homes safe and reduce any potential impact fires may have," says Stephen Coates, program coordinator at Ordway-Swisher Biological Station near Melrose.
The Division of Forestry can do an assessment on your home. You can call their offices to set up an appointment to help you locate trouble spots that could pose a threat to where you live.
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