Each year, millions of acres of land are scorched and burnt to the ground by ravaging wildfires and the truth is, there is nothing that you or I can do to put a stop to it. Wild fires are a necessary, vital, and overall beneficial part of nature and nature is without mercy.
The harsh reality is that human invasion of forestlands combined with prolonged drought conditions and a lack of public land maintenance funds create the perfect storm for wildfires.
All it takes is one lightening bolt; A single cigarette butt dropped in dry grass;
A controlled burn that gets away when the wind turns or a mower blade that strikes a rock and ignites a dry lawn. Any one of these small actions is all it takes to birth a raging, out of control fire. While the level of risk varies seasonally and from state-to-state, it remains important for everyone to know what to do when a wildfire threaten. To protect your property and your family, you have to prepare.
Step 1 is to create a fire-resistant property.
- Use fire-resistant building materials
- Reduce anything that will fuel a fire in the wild land around your home
- Employ only fire-resistant plant material in your home’s landscape
Step 2 is to prepare and implement a functional and specific emergency plan. To do so you must:
- Map your escape route and all possible emergency exits
- Have everybody put together a basic bug-out kit, with special kits for pets and children.
- Add a car kit where it’s feasible for you.
- Make sure everyone has a role during a wildfire crisis and understands it
- Practice emergency procedures including what to do if trapped at home, at school, in the open or in the car
The best defense against a wildfire is a good offense. This includes actively preventing wildfires from happening as well as ensuring that you aren’t the cause of one. Whenever you pull out a match to light a candle or a campfire, remember Smokey the Bear’s motto: “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
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