Rural Areas at Higher Risk for Wildfire Damage

Rural Areas at Higher Risk for Wildfire Damage

If you see fire outside your home, are you prepared?
High winds and low humidity have prompted many neighboring counties to be placed on red flag warnings.
The state took the top spot for most wildfires in the nation with 9,272 wildfires in 2015.
City officials are telling residents to keep a look out for fires around their property and to be prepared in case something does break out.
High winds and low humidity have sparked red flag warnings the area north of Wichita County and West Texas including Amarillo, Lubbock and Midland.
Wichita County is under a fire weather watch.
"One of the firewise programs wants you to not put evergreens or those types of plants that are really volatile. So if you're just really committed to doing that, hang onto them, but it just really puts you at risk, if you got cedars and things close to your house" said David Graf, an extensive agent for the county.
He warned residents to clear the brush around their homes by up to 30 feet.
The fire department warns those in especially rural areas with lots of brush around to be cautious.
"Yeah our areas here in town - Tanglewood, Canyon Trails, that area - they're at high risk and it's mainly because of the terrain. It's  hard for us to get in there to fight fires if we have them," said Asst. Fire Chief Donald Hughes.
If you would like to learn more about the ready set go program, visit their website wildlandfiresg.org.
 

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