Special to the E-T
Wildland fires pose a threat in Texas, especially when dry weather conditions combine with high winds and extreme temperatures. Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can threaten your home. When weather conditions make wildland fires more likely, take the following precautions:
Avoid burning trash. Even a barrel covered with a screen can allow a spark to escape, igniting nearby vegetation.
If you smoke in your car, extinguish cigarettes in vehicle ashtrays. Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and dont put cigarettes out on the ground.
Be careful when pulling off a road or driving into a field. Hot catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.
Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy when working outdoors with equipment that gets hot, or involves sparks, such as welding equipment. Water down outdoor work areas in advance if possible.
Respect burn bans when your county officials declare them.
For more information on fire danger and advisories, see: http://www.texasfirestorm.org and the Texas Forest Service Web site at: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu