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Wildfire Safety Check for

Your Farm or Ranch

 

 

June 2013 issue  

 

Wildfire Safety Check for Your Farm or Ranch

 

Farm and ranch families should take precautions and create an action plan before wildfire season.  

> Mow a 30- to 50-foot area around all buildings and power sources. Clear brush and leaf/needle litter from between and under trees. Prune lower branches.  

> Keep dust, trash, hay, weeds, lumber, logs and empty feed sacks in and around buildings cleaned up.   

> Create low-combustible zones around barns and storage sheds with at least 5-feet-wide concrete or gravel paths. Reinforce fences with metal posts.  

> Store fuels, pesticides, medicines and chemicals in a fire-retardant enclosure. Remove them from the property if wildfire threatens.  

> Park tractors and implements away from combustible materials.  

> Propane tanks should be 30 feet from structures. Fuel storage tanks should be at least 40 feet from buildings.  

> Create 100-foot-wide fire breaks around pastures. Stock will be safest in a well-eaten, short grass, irrigated pasture.  

> Create, maintain and mark water storage —  irrigation ditch, pond, tank or cistern to fight fire, and keep those sources clear of combustible material.  

> Conduct random, regular inspections and fire drills. Invite your fire department to those drills to give help and feedback. Maintain roads wide enough for fire truck access. Reinforce bridges to support the weight of a fire engine or bulldozer.  

> Develop an evacuation plan including livestock transportation, and practice it. Ensure registration and branding of livestock.  

> If wildfire is approaching, keep irrigating everything possible and monitor for small fires caused by embers. Hook up and load a stock trailer to evacuate valuable animals. Unlock and open gates so livestock can escape flames. Have a property map for firefighters. Shut off propane tanks. Close all doors and windows; turn on lights. Evacuate family, pets and valuables as soon a possible.  

> If you transport horses to a safe location, such as a county fairgrounds, have names and descriptions of all horses, with your contact information ready on sheets of paper to post on fairgrounds’ stalls.  

> Post emergency numbers in a central location.

     

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