April 12, 2011 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – More than 983,000 acres of
Texas land have burned so far this year, a result of dangerous,
April is Wildfire Awareness Month, and
Texas Forest Service’s prevention and mitigation staff is spreading the
word that Texas is susceptible to wildfire. It can be a force of
nature, taking lives, homes and property.
Texas Forest Service
has identified more than 14,000 communities as being at risk for
wildland fire. So far this year, the agency has saved more than 3,300
homes and buildings – but 231 structures have been lost, and one
fire-related fatality occurred in February.
Families should teach
their children about fire safety, post fire emergency telephone numbers
and avoid outdoor activities that could cause a spark when the state is
under severe drought conditions, as it is now.
“Your home and
your yard can be your first line of defense in the event of a fire,”
said Wildland Urban Interface and Prevention Program Coordinator Justice
Jones. “Create an area around your home that is free of flammable
plants and other items.”
Families should have a fire action plan
detailing how best to exit the home and where to meet if a fire occurs.
Residents can download information about “Firewise” safety principles – simple measures you can take to protect your home and family.
Learn more about how to protect your family and home by visiting the Texas Forest Service website. More disaster preparedness information also can be accessed through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.