What to do during, before and after a wildfire.
The wildfire season in the U.S. generally extends from March 1st through November 30th. The Wildfire Season has started early this year with the numerous small fires in the Bosque.
Defensible space refers to an area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat which provides an opportunity for structural protection without risking homeowner or firefighter lives. Defensible space can simply be a properly maintained backyard.
The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a system that allows land agencies to estimate today’s or tomorrow’s fire danger for a given area. It integrates the effects of existing and expected states of selected fire danger factors into one or more qualitative or numeric indices that reflect an area’s fire protection needs. It links an organization’s readiness level (or pre-planned fire suppression actions) to the potential fire problems of the day.
The Open Burn Program regulates open outdoor burning in order to limit pollution, decrease the chance of fire damage to property and injuries. Small bonfires, cooking, and burning piled vegetative material are conditionally allowed.
Red Flag Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition and propagation.
Are you prepared for a wildfire?