As we start our Spring yardwork rituals with the arrival of warmer weather, it is important to be sure to take a few minutes to insure that fire safe practices are being followed. In order to prevent the spread of wildfires to your home and other structures, please review the videos and other information we have included here. Wildfire incidents are described by many terms – woods, brush, natural cover, and/or wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. They can be as challenging, and at times, more challenging than structural firefighting. These fires often involve areas that are not readily accessible by road apparatus, requiring additional manpower to be brought to the scene as well as off road vehicles and ATV type firefighting equipment in order to access the fire. A typical satellite map of areas in Fallston reveals that WUI areas are common throughout our community.
As you go about your outdoor activities during the upcoming Spring season, we ask that all of our area residents pay particular attention to outdoor fire hazards. Not only do these fires, which generally could be prevented create challenges for the fire service, but these fires have also threatened residential and other structures as they burn uncontrolled prior to fire service arrival at the scene.
NFPA has information available for homeowners related to WUI fire safety which can be found here. By following these guidelines you may help to prevent a wildland fire in your community!