The mild weather we have experienced this month has brought an early start to the outdoor fire season. These incidents are described by many terms - woods, brush, natural cover, and/or wildland-urban interface 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 ATV type firefighting equipment in order to access the fire. In the Fallston area, the majority of our water sources for firefighting needs are ponds, rivers,.and cisterns. Therefore, we often need to call on additional water resources also for these types of fires.
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, 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 outdoor fire safety which can be found here By following these guidelines you may help to prevent a wildland fire in your community!