"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
- Benjamin Franklin
Wildfire Season 2014
It's that time of year again -- the snow is finally gone and the sun is out! This is also the time when wildfires are most likely in our area. Here are a few easy fire prevention tips to keep in mind while enjoying the outdoors.
Build a safe campfire: Build your fire in an area that's clear of dry material (dig or use a fire pit if possible). Also, be mindful of windy conditions and never leave your fire unattended. Keep your fire at a manageable size and keep a water bucket nearby in case things get out of hand. When you're done enjoying your fire, extinguish it thoroughly with water. Stir it around to make sure there are no burning embers and the wood/ash is cold to the touch. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot to leave. For more campfire safety tips, please visit http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp
Safe burning: Be sure to check for windy conditions and construct your fire site in a safe area free from combustible material and structures.
Safe smoking: Even though a cigarette butt is so small, they're responsible for the cause of 900 wildfires a year. Several of these start along the highway when a used cigarette is flicked out the window. Please use an ashtray and make sure cigarettes (and matches) are fully extinguished before being discarded.
If you spot a wildfire please dial 911 immediately. Timing is critical!