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OutdoorMN News - If it’s predictable, it’s preventable: Wildfire Prevention Week 2018

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This Wildfire Prevention Week (April 15-21), the Department of Natural Resources encourages people to look past the late-season snow and start getting ready for wildfire season. 

“In a couple of weeks, this snow will melt and we’ll dry out fast—that’s when wildfire season will kick in,” said Casey McCoy, fire prevention supervisor. “The question shouldn’t be ‘if’ wildfires will occur, but rather ‘when’ and ‘where.’ It’s good to use this time to look at what we can do now to prevent and prepare for wildfires.”

Simple things homeowners can do now to prepare include:

  • Make a wildfire evacuation plan: Make a plan to get out of the house and decide where to meet.
  • Assemble a grab-and-go bag: This should include essential documents, prescriptions, a first aid kit, and enough food, water, cash, and clothing to last 72 hours.

As soon as the snow melts, clean dry leaves out of gutters, rake debris from under decks, and move firewood at least 10 feet away from the house. All of these items can serve as kindling for a fire, so removing them helps to protect your property.

Preparation is only half of the equation, though. The DNR needs everyone’s help to prevent wildfires, too.  Some of the best ways to prevent wildfire are:

  • Postpone outdoor burning and other activities that may cause a wildfire when fire danger is elevated (windy, dry days, especially after long periods without precipitation).
  • Thoroughly extinguish campfires: If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
  • Never park on dry grass: Hot exhaust pipes can ignite a fire.
  • Secure trailer hitch chains: Chains that drag on the road can spark a fire.

For more facts and tips during Wildfire Prevention Week, follow @mnforestry on Twitter.

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  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Cliff Wagenbach
      The water level is still low but will be coming up after the last heavy rainfall that we got! Cliff
    • PRO-V
      At the hunting shack we put up a pulley and run the winch cable from the 4 wheeler through it and hoist em up.
    • delcecchi
      ps I would be happy to provide closeups of particular areas or the insets on the map.    Especially if they are of your hot spots.
    • delcecchi
      It  Came today. At first glance it looks good.   
    • Wheres_Walter
      Note to self.  Keep your "Packers Suck" T-shirt in the fishing boat for all future fish pics.   Ties are like head butts, everyone loses.  
    • AlwaysFishing23
      And this is why you ALWAYS check out FM. I had a crazy busy summer as I worked full time so my weekends and evenings I was always doing somthing and I never just sat down. So I just noticed I missed this great “ goodie” package. Darn! 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      A chain, a $20-$30 come-along and your set. Wrap chain around rafter hook up come- along and away you go. Been doing it this way for many many years without trouble.
    • Mike89
      thats my set up right there!!!  
    • papadarv
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    • SkunkedAgain
      I'll say this. As a Vikings fan, Mrs. Skunked Again was pretty emotionally upset in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. She warmed up a bit when her team came roaring back in the 4th. I don't think either of us would have survived the four hour drive back to MN without a tie.