Dangers of Wildland Fire
Always be Aware of the Dangers of Wildland Fires
Although fire can benefit an ecosystem, it may threaten human life or property. If the weather conditions are very dry or windy, fire burns much faster. A fire burning near homes may damage those houses. Smoke can also damage homes. In a building, smoke smells unpleasant, leaves ashes, and affects human health. In addition, smoke can make it difficult to see when driving.
Remember that fire is a powerful force. Only trained professionals should decide when and where a prescribed fire is to be started or permitted to burn.
Campfires or the burning of garbage should be done only after reviewing important rules and regulations and after careful consideration of the chances that the fire will not burn out of control. High winds, hot days, and lots of dry materials in the area are dangerous conditions for starting a fire. Like Smokey Bear says, “Help prevent wildfires.”
Last updated: December 22, 2016