Fire season seems to be becoming a year-round event. On May 26th on the National Interagency Fire Center’s web page, there is one large new fire and seven other active large wildfires burning in the US. Three fires are burning in Arizona (Dove, Pinal, and Snake Ridge). Other large fires are in Connecticut (Schaghticoke), in Florida (Echo Springs), in Georgia (West Mims), and in New Mexico (Baca). To date 2,166, 428 acres have burned.
As we enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, we should remember to have good outdoor safety habits to avoid being the cause of starting a wildfire. Check out the one less spark one less wildfire campaign for ideas about lessening your risk of being the cause of a wildfire. If you are cleaning up your yard, make sure that you remove rocks before working to prevent metal blades from making sparks in dry grass, use proper tools, and make sure that you have an ample water source or fire extinguisher close by. For more tips visit the website for information about being safe while having fun as well. Check out resources available on NFPA’s Firewise website for information about making your community safer in the event of a wildfire.
Photo submitted to NFPA by Fort Still Apache Tribe from their Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event in 2017