As Texas faces the most destructive wildfire season in state history, the danger rises significantly for urban and suburban areas across Texas. The record-breaking drought has killed vegetation such as grass, trees, and shrubs, providing fuel for fires in and near cities. Gusty winds and extended record high temperatures increase the threat of wildfires.
Approximately 90 percent of wildfires in Texas are caused by people. Seemingly harmless activities like outdoor grilling, building campfires, pulling a trailer with a chain that could drag and cause a spark, and improperly disposing of smoking materials out of car windows can all start a dangerous wildfire. McKinney proactively addresses the endangerment of life and property from wildfire through a city ordinance (#2008-02-012) that prohibits open burning within the city limits.
“While prohibiting open burning, this ordinance includes provisions for recreational fires–fires intended for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes,” said McKinney Fire Marshal John Nickles. “It’s important for people to think about what can cause a fire and to avoid those activities.”
The unsafe burning of leaves, brush, household trash and other debris is the top cause of wildfires in Texas. If an organization has an event where an open fire is desired, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 972-547-2879. They will review the circumstances for compliance with established laws.”
For tips on how to prevent fires and how to better prepare your home, call the McKinney Fire Department at 972-547-2850, or visit www.mckinneyfire.org.