According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 63,546 human-caused wildfires burned nearly 5 million acres in 2017. To put this into perspective, consider the size of New York City. At 92,781 acres, New York City could have burned 54 times over with that amount of acreage!
That's 5 million acres that didn't have to burn if the 'you' part of the wildfire equation had followed proper burning protocol.
Warm weather increases the wildfire threat to many parts of the country. That warmth and dryness entices many people to clean up their yards and burn the debris. If not properly controlled, these fires will grow to become uncontrollable. Fortunately, most human-caused fires are preventable when proper precautions are taken. Here are just a few things you can do to avoid starting a wildfire:
Every year, many families lose their homes and possessions to wildfires caused by humans. Don't be a part of the statistics. Show your commitment to wildfire prevention, because your safety is number one to us!
To help educate your children on preventing wildfires, check out Smokey the Bear, he’s a pretty smart fellow.
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