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Texas A&M Forest Service Encourages Wildfire Preparedness

COLLEGE STATION, Texas: As Memorial Day unofficially kicks off summer this weekend, Texans should prepare for wildfires.

This weekend, the potential for wildfire activity will be limited to the Trans Pecos and western High Plains regions of the state. Hot and dry conditions will dry vegetation in these areas, and elevated fire weather may support the ignition of small wildfires.

“Though recent rains have helped decrease wildfire potential across most of the state, we encourage everyone to be careful with outdoor activities this holiday and throughout the summer,” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief. “It only takes a few dry, windy days for wildfire potential to increase.”

Humans cause nine out of 10 wildfires, and they are preventable. As we head into summer, keep the following tips in mind to help prevent wildfires:

  • Always check with local officials for burn bans and other outdoor burning restrictions. Pay attention to local guidelines regarding open fires, campfires, and outdoor activities that may pose a fire hazard.
  • Never leave your grill unattended. Wind gusts may blow embers into dry vegetation, potentially starting a wildfire.
  • Ensure your grill is always clean of excess grease to prevent flare-ups.
  • Place your grill in an open space away from tall or dry grass, shrubs, woodpiles, or other flammable materials. Also, avoid placing your grill underneath a tree or on a wooden patio deck.
  • After you are finished grilling, allow the coals in your grill to cool completely. Smoldering coals may reignite and release embers, which wind could blow into nearby vegetation.
  • If you are pulling a boat or camper, make sure the tow chains are properly connected and do not drag on the roadway, creating sparks.
  • Park in designated spaces and avoid driving over and parking on dry grass — the heat from your vehicle can easily ignite the grass.

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