Welcome to Episode 8 of the Be Ready Utah PrepCast, #BRUPrepCast, a monthly webcast featuring the 12 areas of emergency preparedness.
This episode features Be Ready Utah manager Wade Mathews with Wildfire Prevention Coordinator Leann Fox, and Public Information Officer Jason Curry, both of the Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands Department of Natural Resources.
Discussion: Wildfire prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.
Wildfires can destroy homes, property, neighborhoods, and take lives. Half of the wildfires in Utah are human caused.
Wildfire Prevention Week is beginning with a signed pledge from Governor Herbert, pledging to do what he personally can to prevent wildfire. Join the Governor and make the pledge yourself at SparkChange.utah.gov and see the list of all the ways you can help prevent wildfires this season, then sign the pledge.
Some of the things you can do to prevent wildfires is to keep vehicle tires properly inflated, keep vehicle parts from dragging, and maintain your brakes. Also, exercise care when mowing the lawn and don’t hit rocks or other obstructions that could cause a spark. When pulling a trailer or boat, be sure to have chains elevated off the ground to prevent sparks from dragging.
Unattended campfires is a significant cause of wildfire. If it’s too hot to touch, then it’s too hot to leave. When going camping or building a campfire, always have a bucket or other container with enough water to put it completely out.
Put sufficient defensible space around your home given the surrounding vegetation. Thin trees and other vegetation directly around your home. Clean out rain gutters and clean up other combustibles. Keep wood piles a safe distance form the house. Replace wood roof shingles. Inspect attics and eves, and repair any areas where a floating ember could get in to the attic or get caught. Visit FireAdapted.org and FireWise.org for more things you can do to reduce the risk to your home from wildfire.
During wildfire season, remember “Ready, Set, Go”. Be “Ready” with a plan of what to do if the evacuate call goes out. Be “Set” with emergency supplies. Then commit to “Go” if there is an order to evacuate.
Visit the Utah Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal at UtahWildfireRisk.utah.gov to learn about the risk to your home and neighborhood.
Go to www.BeReadyUtah.gov for more information on making emergency plans at home, work, and school.
Please ask more questions in the comments and we’ll try to answer them in a future episode.
Next: First Aid Part 1.
Be Ready Utah is the emergency preparedness outreach program of the Utah Division of Emergency Management. We’re all part of the Utah Department of Public Safety family.