Wildfire Danger Information

Wildfire Danger Information
The City of Amarillo and surrounding communities have seen several red flag warnings this season. We’ve seen how quickly fires can become out of control and cause significant property damage and potentially loss of life.

It is important for each department to recognize their responsibility to prevent fires and to take appropriate actions when these dangerous conditions exist.

How do we know when there is an increased fire danger?

 Burn ban map for Texas: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/Burnbans/. This map is updated with the latest information on burn bans in Texas.

 Emergency Management sends out daily weather updates to all departments. This email contains weather forecast information and any anticipated weather watches and warnings.

In addition, these emails will inform you when dangerous fire conditions exist, such as:
o Elevated Fire Weather
o Red Flag Warning
o Critical Fire Weather

Several job tasks are at high risk of starting a fire, and should be prohibited on days that have been designated as elevated fire weather, red flag warning or critical fire weather. These below activities should only take place within a designated hot work area such as a welding shop during these high fire danger days.
 Welding of any kind
 Metal cutting or other use of a torch
 Grinding, sanding or rotary wire brush on metal that causes sparks
 Any other equipment or tools that have a tendency to cause sparks near flammables

It is also a good time to discuss the following tasks with your staff to reduce this exposure during dangerous fire conditions:
 Avoid operating a vehicle or equipment in tall, grass/weeds/debris etc., where the hot exhaust could ignite these dry fuels.
 Immediately report any suspected or confirmed fire to 9-1-1
 Review locations and proper use of fire extinguishers

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