It’s no secret that a lack of rain this season has made for extremely dry conditions and elevated fire danger, but there are steps you can take to help reduce the threat of fire around your home or property.
Take a look at these pictures taken on a recent drive through the northern section of the City with Southlake Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Trey Porter. You can see a lot of dry leaves, brush and trees branches that overhang and overlap onto other trees making conditions ripe for a wildfire that could easily spread from tree to tree and into nearby neighborhoods.
The Army Corp of Engineers has several hundred acres of land that back up to Lake Grapevine. The area is thick and overgrown. “Residents who live near these heavily wooded areas should take some proactive measures to help reduce the threat of fire from reaching their home or property. Some simple preparations now can make a big difference in protecting their property,” said Battalion Chief Porter.
Embers and small flames are one of the main ways homes ignite during wildfires because they can become airborne and be carried more than a mile by the wind. Homeowners can help prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize embers or flames from reaching their homes.
Here are some important measures you can take now to help protect your home and property.
“As you can see from these pictures, it wouldn’t take much for a grass or wildfire to start so being proactive is the best defense,” Porter adds. The Southlake Fire Department wants homeowners, especially in high-risk areas, to be prepared to help keep their families and property safe. For more information about the threat of fire danger check out the department’s Fire Danger webpage.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the fire department at (817) 748-8106.
This means the potential for grass fires is greater, especially with wind gusts likely up to 25 miles per hour. A Red Flag Warning is issued when a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry vegetation can contribute to dangerous fire conditions.
Several grass fires have broken out all over the Metroplex as of Monday afternoon (1/22/2018), and just last week, the Southlake Fire Department responded to a grass fire in the 400 block of Shady Oaks Drive. The fire was accidentally started by someone using power tools to cut a pipe fence. The fire damaged several wooden fences but no structures were damaged. Fire Marshal Kelly Clements says, “Conditions are ripe for a similar situation to occur so make sure you have a good water supply nearby like a water hose if you are using power tools or welding outside. We want to encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings during this elevated fire danger situation.”
The Fire Marshal has a few other safety tips to help reduce the fire danger threat.
If anyone sees a grass fire, you are asked to report it immediately to 9-1-1. Your assistance will greatly assist in reducing the threat of a dangerous fire to homes and property.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Southlake Fire Department at (817) 748-8106.