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Wildfire prevention tips heading into the warmer season

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 6:38 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - As more people head outside, the risk of human-caused fires increases. Whether you are grilling, camping, or even doing yard work, the USDA Forest Service has tips to prevent any wildfires from happening.

Be mindful of how you spend time outdoors, the forest service says. There are many factors that can cause a fire, especially weather conditions. Breezy weather can be a big problem. If you are camping, the best way to put out a campfire is by dousing it with water, stirring it, and dousing it again. Make sure it is out.

For people doing yard work and burning debris, make sure it is not windy. It only takes one ember to cause a spark.

Jessica Gilmore is a USDA Forest Fire Prevention Technician and recommends these tips ahead of the wildfire season:

“Know before you go, do your research. Check with the local forest service office to see if there are any restrictions in place. You can check with the local weather stations to find out what the latest weather conditions are going to be. Always travel with water and a shovel if you plan to have a campfire, those are two necessary tools to make sure you are extinguishing that campfire properly,” Gilmore said.

The USDA Forest Fire Prevention reports that 90% of wildfires are human-caused.

The annual Wildfire Safety Expo in South Lake Tahoe is happening Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local fire agencies will be in attendance to give everyone the opportunity to learn about resources and prepare for wildfire season. It will take place at South Lake Tahoe Middle School.

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