Wildfire Awareness

By: Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management Email
By: Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management Email

With no rain in sight, Texans face severe wildfire danger. Monitor TV and radio broadcasts before you travel and be aware of fire and weather conditions. Watch for highway signs, traffic control personnel and firefighters. Slow down and be prepared to stop if they signal you to do so. If you see dense smoke on the road, do not drive into it. Slow down, prepare to stop and turn around. Activate your emergency flashers to warn vehicles behind you. Check for oncoming traffic and make sure you can turn around safely.

Be extremely cautious about any outdoor activities that might cause sparks or fires. Sparks can easily escape from burning trash. Avoid use of welding or grinding equipment near dead weeds and grass. Avoid parking vehicles in tall, dry grass and weeds that could be ignited by hot catalytic converters. When in your vehicle, crush smoking materials in your ashtray and make sure they are really out.

Fire propelled by strong winds can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. When told to evacuate – leave the area immediately. Choose a route that leads away from the fire. Stay alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke. If you have time to get prepared, wet down your roof and shrubbery within 15 feet of your residence. Park your vehicle facing in the direction of escape.

Whether you live in a rural or suburban area, you can protect your home from the dangers of wildfire. Protect your property by clearing brush and grass away from your home and buildings. Clear brush from areas between the trees. Prune lower branches. Make sure areas beneath utility lines are clear of brush, tall grass and trees so that utility service will continue. Create a fire break by clearing vegetation from areas between your house and nearby fields or wildland areas.

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