As North Texas continues through the relentless heat of summer, seemingly-harmless things like outdoor grilling, dragging safety chains behind a trailer or carelessly discarding a lit cigarette can start a dangerous wildfire, or grass fire. While some fires may be caused by acts of nature like lightning strikes, approximately 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are caused by people. The most common causes for wildfires include:
- Discarding lit cigarettes
- Burning debris
- Playing with matches or fireworks
With persistent dangerous wildfire conditions predicted throughout the summer and 97 percent of the state experiencing unprecedented drought, the McKinney Fire Department urges extra caution when it comes to any outdoor activity that could cause a spark. Wildfires are dangerous and deadly, destroying not only vegetation, but threatening persons and property including homes and businesses. Do your part to keep Texas and McKinney safe from wildfires. For more information, visit www.texasforestservice.tamu.edu.