I was enjoying Independence Day and I turned on the news, oh boy. I thought I should take a moment to be sure anyone needing to know “Whaz Up” with wildfires would benefit from this article.
News Quoted Today 7–4–2018
Dozens of wildfires tore across wide swaths of Alaska, California, Colorado and other western states Wednesday, with meteorologists warning of more blazes due to strong winds, dry conditions and low humidity.
About 70 fires are now consuming around 630,000 acres, from Alaska — where 19 large blazes were reported — to California, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, where at least six wildfires continue to burn in each state, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Officials say there has been a decrease in the amount of acreage burning because some fires are being contained.
More than 13,000 fire personnel are battling the blazes across the region. ~Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman for the National Interagency Fire Center told CNN.
Steps for Any Fire Danger Zone
Know what’s is happening
Turn on your TV/radio. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the route to take and have plan of where you will go.
Keep your car fueled, in good condition, and stocked with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
Sometimes, fires occur naturally, ignited by heat from the sun or a lightning strike. However, most wildfires are because of human carelessness such as arson, campfires, discarding lit cigarettes, not burning debris properly, playing with matches or fireworks.
Forest fires always start by one of two ways — naturally caused or human caused. Natural fires are generally started by lightning, with a very small percentage started by spontaneous combustion of dry fuel such as sawdust and leaves. On the other hand, human-caused fires can be due to any number of reasons.
Be certain to completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them. Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste. Avoid backyard burning in windy conditions, and keep a shovel, water, and fire retardant nearby to keep fires in check. Remove all flammables from yard when burning.
To put out a fire Is hard controlling it is a combination of an ax and hoe used to dig a fireline. A fireline is a strip of land from which all brush and debris have been cleared to rob a wildfire of its fuel. Firefighters also use hotshots and smoke jumpers to clear a large path in a big circle around the fire so the blaze is contained in a ring of dirt.
Fire can be used to fight forest fires, this definitely comes with a certain amount of risk. A controlled burn of a strip of forest will create a barrier to an oncoming forest fire as it will use up all the available fuel.
If you are caught in a Wildfire
Don’t try to outrun the blaze. Instead, look for a body of water such as a pond or river to crouch in.
If there is no water nearby, find a depressed, cleared area with little vegetation, lie low to the ground, and cover your body with wet clothing, a blanket, or soil. Stay low and covered until the fire passes.
Protect your lungs by breathing air closest to the ground, through a moist cloth, if possible, to avoid inhaling smoke.
While in your home:
Stay calm, keep your family together.
Call 911 and inform authorities of your location.
Fill sinks and tubs with cold water.
Keep doors and windows closed, but unlocked.
Stay inside your house.
Stay away from outside walls and windows.
If you’re advised to evacuate then do so immediately.
Wear protective clothing.
Lock your home.
Tell someone you left and where you are going.
Choose a safe route away from fire hazards. Watch for changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.
After the Fire is Over:
Check with fire officials before attempting to return to your home.
Use caution when re-entering a burned area — flare ups can occur.
Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps and vegetation. Use your buckets of water.
Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks and embers.
Check the attic and throughout the house for hidden burning, sparks and embers.
Continue to check for problem areas for several days.
Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.
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