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Valuable information to help prevent wildfires around the home and when traveling.

Before, During, and After a Wildfire

What to do during, before and after a wildfire.

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Bosque Fire Prevention

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.

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Defensible Space

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.

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Fire Danger Rating System

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.

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Open Burning

The Open Burn Program regulates open outdoor burning in order to limit pollution and decrease the chance of fire damage to property. Bonfires, cooking, and burning piled vegetative material are conditionally allowed. The conditions include calling the Burn Hotline, time restrictions, notifying the fire department, complying with fire safety codes, and possibly obtaining a fire department permit.

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Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings

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.

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