Tips for preventing brush, grass fires
By Staff Report, 82nd Mission Support Group
/ Published January 23, 2018
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Recent reoccurring high winds, low humidity, and warmer temperatures have created dry conditions which have increased the likelihood of grass and brush fires.
Although Wichita County has not issued a temporary ban on open outdoor burning, otherwise known as a burn ban, many surrounding counties have chosen to do so.
Please note that the City of Wichita Falls prohibits all outdoor burning inside the city limits and a county ban will be enacted by the Wichita County Commissioners Court if deemed appropriate.
To minimize fire dangers, please keep in mind the following precautions:
- Smoking on Sheppard Air Force Base is only permitted in designated areas. If you choose to smoke in a designated area, please ensure all cigarette butts are entirely extinguished and disposed of in proper cans.
- Check wichitafallstx.gov or co.wichita.tx.us for the latest information on local burn bans or restrictions before conducting any open burning.
- Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start an open fire.
- Do not leave a fire unattended.
- Have fire extinguishing materials on hand, including a water supply, shovels and rakes
- Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds pick up
- Do NOT delay a call for help! Call the fire department immediately at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.
- Open burning is never permitted on Sheppard AFB without a permit.
If you have fire safety related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Sheppard Fire Department at (940) 676-1073.