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WFFD Hosts Fire Program to Protect Homes

<br><p><br><br>Wichita Falls fire fighters will get the word tonight on a program to help homeowners protect their property from wildfires.</p>


Wichita Falls fire fighters will get the word tonight on a program to help homeowners protect their property from wildfires.

Fire officials say the April 15th, 2011 wildfire off Missile Road and this fire, which started four months later by arching power lines, near the Tanglewood Subdivision revealed how unprotected many homeowners are.

Although that fire forced the evacuation of 30 homes, only one house suffered minor exterior damage but officials say that may not be the case with the next fire.

So they are offering a program to get homeowners prepared.

"The type of landscaping that we have, the height of it, the proximity to our homes. The farther away we can keep those things and the lower to the ground we can keep them and become more involved and educated in drought resistance and drought tolerant type plants," says Wichita Falls Fire Marshal David Collins.

The Ready, Set, Go! program will be explained during a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Seymour Highway.

It is free and open to the public.

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