Getting ready for wildfires

Hot temperatures in the last few days have caused red flag warnings to be issued for many areas.The newscenter's Mike Shultz has more on how you can prepare for the upcoming wild fire season.
 
"Ok now we have officially transitioned into summer by passing spring.
But now along with the mosquitos comes the real threat...wildfires.
No one knows more about this than Maggie Rogers from the Division of Forestry."
 
"We've turned the corner very quickly into fire season and we also have a very late green up, and so that's left us with a lot of dead dry vegetation.
In the short term, and in the long term that means that as that greens up there's still going to mean potential for human caused fires, but we'll move into our lightning caused fire season which usually starts June and moves into July.
So we never really know what we're going to be dealing with on the landscape."
 
Maggie says that home owners need to get to work now!
To make sure their homes and property are safe.

But basically if we think moving out and moving in toward the home, and you're on the outer fringes of your property, 30 to 100 feet, you want make sure that your
 
Conifers anything that is flammable, is limbed up and is kind of separated out 15 feet or so between trees or clumps of trees, so that your helping to drop any kind of fire that might be encroaching to the ground.
So that we can deal with that.
As you move in you're wanting to have your yards with well watered grass, that's kept short.
You want to make sure that you have raked leaves and removed any sort of dead dry debris.
You want to be removing large flammable objects, be it kind of stuff your storing, toys or trees themselves, confers that can burn easily.
And you want to make sure to protect underneath the deck, underneath stairs put some kind of fire-resistant screen so that embers cannot get underneath there.
 
 
One last note, another reminder, if you are going to do any burning of any kind, you need to get a permit from the Division of Forestry.