MCFRS News Release
Potentially Dangerous Fire Conditions
Montgomery County Fire Marshal Mike Love is urging caution with any open burning and outdoor fires. Residents should especially take extra care when burning of brush, limbs and tree trimmings or even when using outdoor BBQ grills. We ask that residents restrain from any open burning, including outdoor barbeques, if possible. Smokers are urged to be extra careful disposing and discarding smoking materials.
The wildfires continue to burn in the western states resulting in one of the worst fire seasons ever. Locally, the brush fire season started early and the rains of a few weeks ago did little to help the deficit. Things are dry. This has created an extremely dangerous threat of area brush fires and wildfires in Montgomery County and throughout the region. This is especially more dangerous with the existence of windy conditions.
With the Summer season now coming to a close, the dry and warm weather continues to exist. With warmer weather comes dry vegetation that can result in brush fires that burn and spread quickly.
Again – smokers are urges to use care with any and all lighted materials. Dispose of used cigarettes properly.
It is important to take into consideration some landscaping and home maintenance tips to ensure safe surroundings.
Smokers should use extra care in discarding smoking materials.
- Remove weeds and keep grass cut.
- Any dead and piled up vegetation should be disposed of properly.
- If you have any firewood preparing for the winter, stack it away from structures.
- Limit the use of flammable plants in your landscaping, contact your local home and garden center if you have questions about safe plants.
- Plants trees and shrubs with room to grow in sparse and separate areas, and choose trees that don't have too many branches. The distance from tree to house should always be greater than the height of the tree.
- Try not to use plants that develop dead undergrowth.
- Try not to place plants too close to structures and under overhangs or eaves.
- Provide adequate water to keep plants healthy and green.
- Keep sprinkler systems in good working order.
- Trim dead wood off of trees.
Home Maintenance Tips
- Trash and debris should be properly disposed of. Piles of trash, such as old home furnishings, boxes and even cars are potential fire hazards.
- Store flammable liquids properly.
- Always dispose of cigarettes carefully.
- Keep the roof clean and clear. If possible wash the roof on a regular basis.