fire safety

Hey guys, I live in Denton County in Texas. There was a massive fire here yesterday. Thanks to the brave fire men and women from the 16 fire departments who helped with the fire. You guys and gals are amazing. While I was way outside of danger on this one, I know people who live or work near where this took place. I found the data on the fire on the Texas Forest Service website.

The page can be found here.

It was reported that the cause was a spark from a piece of hay baling equipment. It’s already getting hot, and with no sign of rain in our immediate future, it’s time to take care when working outside with combustible material.

Some tips from the page linked above:

Memorial Day safety tips:

  • When barbecuing, never leave a grill unattended. Locate the grill away from your home and any combustible materials.
  • Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire or barbecue grill.
  • Ensure all campfires and barbecue coals are completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Never use gasoline to start a barbecue.
  • Have water on hand just in case. If a fire does start, call 911 immediately.
  • Remember you are responsible for any fire you start and any associated cost or damage that fire may cause.

Debris burning:

Most fires in Texas are caused by escaped debris burning. If you are going to burn debris, please follow these tips:

  • Check to see if there is a burn ban in place (contact your county judge or visit
  • Larger agricultural burns must adhere to Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations.
  • If the weather forecast predicts a calm day, clear an area for your burn. It should be as far away from structures as possible.
  • Keep tools and a water supply near your burn site and don’t leave the burn.
  • Stay with your fire and see that it is out cold before you leave.
  • Never burn on a windy day.
  • If your burn should escape, call 911 immediately.

Please be careful this holiday weekend.

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