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How to help prevent summer fires in Texas

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, firefighters responded to 16 new wildfires yesterday that burned about 341 acres. So far Collin County has been spared the grass and wildfires that have ravaged neighboring counties, but the Plano and Frisco fire departments still have their hands full.

On Friday morning, for example, a two-alarm fire was reported after solar panels caught fire on the roof of a five-story office building. As NBCDFW reports, everyone in the 7100 block of Corporate Drive building was evacuated during the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Later that afternoon, Plano Parkway had to be blocked and construction was interrupted between Jupiter and Shiloh Road when a gas leak was reported. by Plano Star CourierThe city said gas crews were on scene quickly and they worked with dig crews to clamp the line allowing construction to continue.

Although dry weather is not the only cause of fire, it increases the risk of fire spreading, especially when the wind picks up speed. “We need Texans to prevent wildfires from happening under these conditions,” said Emily Wall, Texas A&M Forest Service chief operating officer of forest resource protection. “It is imperative that everyone remain diligent with any activity that may cause sparks and check with local authorities for burn bans or other restrictions.”

The Texas A&M Forest Service asks citizens to consider the following tips to help with the current situation:

  • Always obey local burn bans and outdoor burning restrictions. Wait to conduct any outdoor burning or light campfires until the burn ban is lifted and weather conditions are not too hot, dry or windy.
  • Nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused. When your county is under a burn ban, residents should avoid outdoor activities that can cause sparks, including welding, grinding and heavy machinery.
  • Many areas of Texas are experiencing high temperatures and dry weather. Residents should stay up-to-date on weather conditions and always use extreme caution when performing outdoor activities, even if not under a burn ban.
  • Some areas of Texas have had rain recently. Although rain may temporarily reduce wildfire risk, areas with limited rainfall will dry out again. Continue to obey burning restrictions until your local authorities lift them.

Additionally, it’s never a bad idea to check your home for possible gas leaks by following these tips.

Tagged with: Plano, Collin County, Frisco, North Texas

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