How You Can Prevent Wildfires

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, but the fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December.

Fires can get out of control at any time of the year, so learning and practicing good habits is a year-round job.

Lack of rainfall in autumn contributes to the threat of wildfires in our nation's forests. More rain isn't the answer to forest fires, however, because 9 out of 10 wildfires are started by humans.

The USDA Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service urge you to exercise caution when you do yard work and burn leaves or yard debris.

In North Carolina, for example, the primary cause of wildfires stems from careless burning of debris -- more than 40% of all wildfires. Private landowners who cause wildfires may be liable for the cost of fire suppression on state and national forest land, if a fire originates on their property.

The Forest Service asks you to contact your local county forest ranger before you burn debris. Rangers will happily offer technical advice and explain how to maximize the safety to people, property and the forest, including these tips:

  • Always consider alternatives to burning.

  • Obtain a burning permit at an NCDFR office or Click Here to Apply Online in NC.

  • 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.

Remember ... YOU can prevent wildfires.

Helpful Fire Prevention Links

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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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