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Wildfire Dangers Increase with High Winds

Date: February 1st, 2017

Source: AgriLife Today

High winds and drying grass and brush should prompt homeowners and landowners alike to take time to prepare before wildfires spark across the state.

Some specific precautions homeowners and landowners can take now are:

  • Develop an escape or evacuation plan. The evacuation plan should include how to transport animals and livestock that may be in danger.
  • Place fire extinguishers in all barns, vehicles and tractors. Check extinguishers periodically for charge. Discard damaged or used fire extinguishers.
  • Keep barns and buildings clean of trash and other combustible materials such as hay, lumber and empty feed sacks. Keep outside areas clear of high grass, weeds and other debris.
  • Make sure your farm has an adequate water supply, such as an irrigation ditch, water tank or pond.
  • Park tractors and implements away from combustible materials such as hay stacks and fuel storage containers.
  • Keep aboveground fuel storage tanks at least 40 feet from buildings.

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