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March 5, 2024

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Wildfire safety

Submitted by Savannah Greiner

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, we want you to be prepared as possible for potentially severe spring weather. Here are a few guidelines to follow during severe fire weather: 

Understanding the situations for wildfires is important. When your jurisdiction issues burn bans, or no burn orders, please obey them.

  • Fire weather watch: Issued when upcoming conditions are favorable for possible fire weather conditions.
  • Red flag warning: Issued when there is an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather.

Preparedness guidelines:

  • Clear brush away from your home and other structures.
  • Clear your gutters and roof of debris.
  • Have a basic emergency kit ready to go in case of evacuation.
  • Plan escape routes.
  • Review insurance policies to make sure you have adequate coverage on your property.
  • Ensure you have a way to receive alert notifications.
  • Do not light campfires, bonfires or open burning flames outside that could start a fire.
  • If you smoke, make sure to extinguish entirely before you dispose of cigar/cigarette.
  • Do not throw cigar/cigarette out of a window.

For more information, visit ready.gov/wildfires.

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