The rural urban interface is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. Homeowners are building and buying homes further from the large cities as they are looking for a quieter more county setting. The rural setting brings significant fire dangers such as larger fields, taller grass, an abundance of trees and thick underbrush. Unmanaged, these naturally growing fuel sources can become the sustained fuel for a wildfire such as those we have seen in Texas this year. You can help to prevent wildfires by extinguishing campfires, never leave a fire unattended, clear underbrush and dead trees on your property and report fires or smoke to the proper authorities.
Practice Wildfire Safety
People start most wildfires – find out how you can promote and practice wildfire safety.
- Contact your local fire department, health department, or forestry office for information on fire laws.
- Make sure that fire vehicles can get to your home. Clearly mark all driveway entrances and display your name and address.
- Report hazardous conditions that could cause a wildfire.
- Teach children about fire safety. Keep matches out of their reach.
- Post fire emergency telephone numbers.
- Ensure adequate accessibility by large fire vehicles to your property.
- Plan several escape routes away from your home – by car and by foot.
- Talk to your neighbors about wildfire safety. Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a wildfire. Make a list of your neighbors’ skills such as medical or technical. Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs such as elderly or disabled persons. Make plans to take care of children who may be on their own if parents can’t get home.