As Summer Approaches, Hays County Officials Recommend Wildfire Preparation
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Although recent rains have turned much of the landscape in Hays County green, Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers and Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith are reminding residents to prepare for summer’s heat and wildfire potential by protecting their homes and property now.
“May 2 is National Wildfire Preparedness Day,” Smith said. “It’s a good opportunity to take time to inspect your property and involve your entire family in preparing for a wildfire. You can do your part to keep your family and property safe and deter wildfire from spreading through your community.”
“Knowing how to provide a buffer zone around your home is one of the best ways to mitigate the potential for wildfire to destroy your home,” Chambers said. “Embers from as far away as a mile can reach your property and cause a new fire to flare up, so if you are in Hays County you should never think that you are not in wildfire territory. The Ready, Set, Go Personal Wildland Fire Action Guide, which is approved by all fire departments in Hays County, takes you through the steps you and your family need to make your property wildfire-resistant, helps you prepare your home and family for evacuation and provides excellent checklists for the different stages of wildfire preparation. I recommend everyone in our urban-suburban-rural county read it and take steps now to prepare, before it becomes a necessity.”
The Guide is on the Hays County website at www.co.hays.tx.us, choose Fire Marshal from the Law Enforcement dropdown tab.