Red Deer County News

Posted on: September 12, 2017

Wildfire and Outdoor Fire Safety

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taken from the Office of the Fire Commissioner (www.ofc.alberta.ca)

WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE AND GRASS FIRES
The Office of the Fire Commissioner, municipalities and fire departments across Alberta, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Alberta FireSmart are all working to help raise awareness about wildfire - Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and grass fires.

During the 2016 fire season the Alberta government responded to 1,403 wildfires that burned more than 611,000 hectares, which is three times the 25-year average.

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. You can do your part:
• Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
• Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
• Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
• Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
• Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Wildfire can spread to tree tops.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310.FIRE(3473).

CAMPFIRES
Here are some important tips to keep your camping and outdoor adventures fire safe:
• Before starting a campfire, check to see if your community has a fire ban in place at albertafirebans.ca.
• Check for fire bans and restrictions within provincial parks at Alberta Parks.
• Always practice campfire safely.
• If required, get a permit. Always follow the rules, as outlined in your permit.
• Respect fire bans.
• Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire fully extinguished and out, before leaving.
• Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire pits, chimneys, and outdoor fireplaces.
• Permitted recreational fires such as campfires need to be at least 25 feet (8 meters) away from anything that can burn.
• Before starting a campfire, have a bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
• To put out a campfire...Soak it, stir it, soak it again.

RV FIRE SAFETY
• Everyone in your family should know and practice your fire escape plan.
• Have at least two ways out - one in the front and one in the rear of the RV.
• Test all escape windows, hatches and doors to make sure they work properly. Keep escape routes clear of any obstructions.
• Get yourself and your family to safety before attempting to extinguish any fire. Don’t fight a fire unless you call the fire department first.
• Never re-enter a burning RV to retrieve anything - GET OUT & STAY OUT!

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