Planning a summer getaway? Make sure that you pay attention to park closures due to some of the large wildfires burning out West. It is always a good idea to check fire and other weather conditions before you head out, so that you stay safe.
The National Interagency Fire Center report listed the National Preparedness level at 2, with 21 active wildfires currently burning in eight states. These wildfires have burnt over 124,000 acres. Two of the largest wildfires are currently burning in New Mexico. The first the Ute Park Fire has caused the closure of parts of UTE Park for public safety, and has burnt over 36,000 acres alone. This fire is located 1 mile east of Ute Park and is burning along Highway 64 which is causing road closures. The second fire in New Mexico the Buzzard Fire is burning in the Gila National Forest. This fire has caused areas of the Gila National Forest to be closed for public safety and has caused road closures.
In Texas the Scenic Loop Complex is actually 18 wildfires burning north of Highway 166 in the Davis Mountains. These fires were caused by thunderstorms and have burned over 8,000 acres in the area. This fire has caused a temporary flight restriction in the area to accommodate firefighting aircraft.
Before you leave for your summer holiday make sure that you have also left your home well prepared in case a wildfire occurs while you are away. Taking simple precautions, such as cleaning up material from under decks, cleaning debris from gutters, and remove patio cushions from lawn furniture and store them in the house or garage while you are away. For more tips on wildfire safety check out the Firewise USA ® website.