It is that time of year again friends and neighbors! Let’s all do our part to guard against wildfire with some basic preventative measures. Remember, humans are by far the largest contributing factor when looking for the cause of these devastating fires.

Campfires

Improperly doused or misplaced fires are one of the leading causes of wildfires. According to the Tahoe National Ranger Station, campfires should be surrounded by rocks or stones and be located a minimum of 10 feet away from any potential combustibles. Keep a shovel and supply of water nearby to quickly put out a fire, should you need to. Completely extinguish a fire with sufficient dousing and covering with dirt before leaving your campsite.

Fireworks

It is important to note that it is illegal to use fireworks in forested areas. Only use fireworks on flat surfaces and in areas without any dry grass or trees. Make sure to keep a bucket of water to extinguish all fireworks thoroughly after they are used.

Yard Waste Burning

Burning yard waste is a common practice in Foresthill. The danger comes from winds, which can easily blow burning embers far away and ignite dry vegetation. Before burning any yard waste, it is important to check the “Burn Day” recording at 530-889-6868. In addition, it is best to burn in small batches since they are much easier to control if something should happen. Make sure to never burn in high wind or leave a pile unattended.

Cigarettes

Never discard a cigarette on the ground or throw it out a car window. Placing a cigarette in a cup of water after use is a great way to prevent them from causing fires. Ashtrays work well too, but make sure they are contained and that the still-lit butt cannot blow out of the tray towards potential fuel for a wildfire.

Vehicles

Never park any type of vehicle on dry vegetation; the heat from the exhaust can cause it to ignite. Also, make sure any off-road vehicle you use has a working spark arrester as improper ones can cause dry vegetation to ignite.

Every year wildfires destroy thousands of homes and businesses all over the United States. This is why it is so important for all of us to be aware of the potential for wildfires and to always take steps to prevent a fire from spreading.

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