Fire Prevention

Please burn responsibly.

As it is with the first of spring comes spring cleaning and burning of leaves fallen trees, and branches. The current weather conditions are a beautiful sunny day in the Low 70's and it would seem to be a perfect day for burning if it wasn't for the wind. The wind today is a 15 Mph WSW, and gusts of 20 Mph. A wind such as this can make a small controlled burn get out of control in a hurry. So if you do decide to burn, please keep in mind a few things.

 

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1.) Make sure it is Legal to burn where you are.

 

It may be against a city ordinance or county wide burning restriction/ban. If your city/county has made it illegal to burn, you may be able to find information about it by checking media outlets such as the local news paper or local news website. And if you are unsure, then you can contact the law enforcement agency (non emergency number) by telephone.

 

2.) Make sure it is safe to burn.

 

Before preparing to burn check your local forecast for wind information.  If you are in Texas the Texas Forest Service is a great resource for fire weather information click here for a link. They have burn ban information as well as fire danger and drought information as well.

 

3.) Prepare the burn area to burn.

 

Make sure that you have a fire break. By clearing the off of the perimeter of the area that you want to burn, you can reduce the chance of the fire getting out of control greatly. To do this use a rake or shovel to remove the grass, leaves, or other flammable material from the topsoil. It should be wide enough to provide an effective barrier for the type of fuel.

 

4.) Make Sure that you have water in the area.

 

Ensure that you have a water source, by simply having a water source to wet the area and extinguish any undesired fire you can do a lot to prevent the fire from being able to escape.

 

5.) Call 911 if the fire gets out of your control.

 

By calling 911 as soon as you realize that you have an out of control fire, you can reduce the time it takes for firefighters to arrive on scene. The smaller the fire is when firefighters arrive, the easier it is to put out. This can make the difference between a 1 acre fire and 1,000 acre fire.

 

6.) Be careful!

 

Fire can be a very useful tool, but it can also be a very dangerous and destructive force. All fires start out small but can grow exponentially. A fire that starts with a single match can burn fields, forests, houses and entire towns in a short period of time if the conditions allow it to. By making the choice to burn, you are taking on an important responsibility.