On Monday August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, working its way from Oregon to South Carolina. This amazing experience is the event of the summer, with millions of observers expected to flock to the states in the total viewing path.
While an awesome event to behold, there are those who wish the timing was different. August is peak fire season for much of the country and 2017 has already been a busy year.
With the eclipse expecting to bring a large influx of visitors driving and camping into these areas, state and federal wildfire response agencies are gearing up for the worst. They are laying contingency plans for wildfire response and evacuations. Resources are being prepositioned and agencies are taking an “all hands on deck approach”. Some are even cancelling days off for fire staff.
Visitors have an important role to play in preventing human caused wildfires during the eclipse.
• If towing a trailer, make sure your chains are secure and not dragging.
• Visit the website of your eclipse viewing destination to find out the burning rules and restrictions, permissions vary across public lands.
• Don’t assume you will be able to have a campfire.
• The USFS has some excellent tips are preparedness regarding personal safety and wildfire.
For those living in the path of the eclipse, we encourage you to prepare as well. Firewise USA® has easy tools to help you reduce your risk from wildfire, checkout the Firewise Tips Checklist for Homeowners.
Most of all, enjoy a safe eclipse experience!
Photo credit: NASA Downloadables | Total Solar Eclipse 2017