Travelers here are some Tips on Controlling your Fire
California is a major tourist spot, people from all over the world travel here. There are multiple beaches to sunbathe at, deserts to explore, mountains to climb, and forests to hike through. Some of our greatest attractions are Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Redwood Forests, these are all forests and beautiful sceneries to see - but they are also the primary fuel to a fire.
Fire is a very messy and dangerous spark that causes both the natural and manmade environments to combust. There are different types of wildfires, some examples are: grass fires, brush fires, hill fires, and forest fires. The worst wildfires are forest fires due to large amounts of trees being used as fuel. The major cause of forest fires in the United States comes from us - 80% are caused by human activities. A wildfire can occur rapidly it can go up to 6.7mph for a forest fire and 14mph for a grass fire.
Fortunately we can take preventative measures to avoid wildfires. Always make sure you are careful with fires and always keep your eyes on the fire. Here are some great tips to avoid both major and minor wildfires.
- Only start campfires in an appropriate pit making sure there is no vegetation
- Make sure the fire is surrounded by stones
- Never play with matches or lighters
- If you need to go somewhere put out your fire, making sure your fire is completely out before leaving
- Remove combustibles from the area such as: firewood, yard waste, barbecue grills, fuel cans, etc
- Drench your campfire with water and smother in dirt
- Don’t start fires on windy days, if so take extreme precautions to put it out
- If you are smoking dispose your cigarette butts in containers
- Avoid starting fire during the highest temperatures of the year
These are a few tips and always remember the best person to avoid a wildfire is you. Once you have spotted or caused a wildfire make sure to contact your local fire station ASAP. It is better to let them know as soon as possible instead of waiting until the fire gets out of control.