The City of McKinney, in cooperation with the Texas Forest Service, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association proclaimed April as Wildfire Awareness Month to remind residents of the dangers of wildfire and provide direction on protecting their homes and property.
Wildfires destroyed almost 3,000 Texas homes last year, and there are many things homeowners can do to help prevent such catastrophic losses.
In addition to providing information about protecting homes and property, McKinney Fire Department officials want to raise awareness about the potential dangers of outdoor activities that can create a spark – such as debris burning, outdoor campfires, welding and tossed cigarettes. About 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are human caused.
“Preventing wildfires is a community responsibility,” said McKinney Fire Chief Danny Kistner. “We want to engage all McKinney residents to work toward building a safer place for all of us to live.”
For safety tips, landscaping suggestions and other information to increase the wildfire survivability of your home and property, visit www.mckinneyfire.org.