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Citizen's Fire Academy Focuses on Wildfires
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on May 10, 2013 @ 6:54PM
Created on May 10, 2013 @ 4:51PM
 
Week six of the Upshur County Citizen's Fire Academy focused on wildfires.
 
About 99% of them are started by humans, but the good news is most of them can be prevented.

There's two ways they can be started, accidentally and intentionally. Many of the accidental fires can be avoided by following a few rules.
 
First, during fire seasons, only burn between 5:00p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
 
That's because there's more moisture in the air, and a fire is less likely to spread. Many times when people try to burn, the fires get carried by the wind, and become wildfires.
 
Once that happens, they can quickly become big fires that are hard to put out.
 
When firefighters are called to those fires, they have two ways to attack them, direct and indirect. A direct approach allows crews to get close to the flames and get them out quickly, but sometimes the fires get too out of control, and that's when they have to use an indirect attack.
 
They have to get farther back from the flames, but it keeps everyone safe.
 
"That's when we're going to back off because it's too hot, too fast, and dangerous to where we're going to back off to the next ridge over or even indirect attack could be 50 feet away, just for that safe buffer, then we put it out that way," said Jason Jones, a forestry supervisor with the Division of Forestry.
 
Officials also suggest creating a dirt barrier around your fire to make sure it doesn't spread.

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