Ways to Prevent Wildfires

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Smokey the Bear

The spring fire season has arrived and federal officials are asking visitors to the national forests and neighbors to help prevent the next wildfire. Keep safety in mind and exercise caution during the spring fire season that typically lasts until late April to mid-May.

Nine out of 10 wildfires in many areas are started by humans. Residents and visitors to the state are urged to be extremely careful during this time period that is often characterized by dry and/or windy conditions.

Campfire Guidelines

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  • Pour until hissing sound stops
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers.

Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Wildfire Prevention Tips

In the spring, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard debris. In North Carolina, for example, more than 40 percent of all wildfires are caused by careless debris burning - the number one cause of wildfires in the state. Private landowners who cause wildfires may be liable for fire suppression costs on state and national forest land if a fire originates on their property.

  • Always consider alternatives to burning debris.
  • Check the weather - don't burn on dry, windy days.
  • Know your local burning laws.
  • Be prepared with water, a shovel and phone.
  • Stay with your fire until it is completely out.

Tips on protecting your property can be found by clicking here.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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