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What to do if you spot a Wildfire

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Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire? You should walk or drive away from the fire immediately and call 911 to report it! Weather conditions and the type of ground cover (trees, dry grass, etc) can make the fire change direction quickly so it is important that you stay far away from the blaze. Leaving the area will also make it easier for firefighters and rescue workers to get to the scene. Learn more at www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety

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Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire? www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety

What to do if you spot a Wildfire

 

Wildfire Statistics

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In 2015, wildfires burned over 10,000,000 acres, destroyed 4636 structures, including 2638 homes, and were responsible for 13 deaths. Drier conditions in the fall season can fuel wildfires. Let’s do our part to keep this year’s totals well below those numbers. Be Ready, Be Firewise. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ready.shtml #WildfireSafety

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Drier conditions in the fall can fuel wildfires. Be Ready, Be Firewise. #WildfireSafety http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ready.shtml

Wildfire Statistics

 

Smoke Safety - Health

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Wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Learn how you can protect your health and be safe if you are exposed to wildfire smoke. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety

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Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety

Smoke Safety - Health

 

Smoke Safety - Dust Masks

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During a wildfire, dust masks aren’t enough! They won’t protect you from the fine particles in wildfire smoke. It is best to stay indoors, keeping windows and doors closed. If you’re running an air conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index #WildfireSafety

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Dust Masks aren’t enough to protect you from the wildfire smoke particles. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=smoke.index #WildfireSafety

Smoke Safety - Dust Masks

 

Smoke Safety - Cities

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Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning vegetation, building materials, and other materials. It can travel hundreds of miles and cause health concerns even for someone who is healthy. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety

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Wildfire smoke can travel 100s of miles and make anyone sick. http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.asp #WildfireSafety

Smoke Safety - Cities

 

Wildfire Partners

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NOAA's National Weather Service works with federal and state wildland managers to protect lives and property in and around America's wildlands. A visit to our Wildfire Safety site will help you prepare, be aware and act early if a wildfire comes your way. www.weather.gov/wildfire #WildfireSafety

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Prepare, be aware and act early if a wildfire comes your way. www.weather.gov/wildfire #WildfireSafety

Wildfire Partners

 

Drones Near Wildfires

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If you fly, we can’t! Drones near wildfires are not safe. Only authorized aircraft are permitted near wildfires. Let wildland firefighters do their job to keep the public safe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06pz4GW7mY0 #WildfireSafety

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If you fly, we can’t! Drones near wildfires are not safe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06pz4GW7mY0 #WildfireSafety

Drones Near Wildfires

 

Red Flag Warning

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The NWS issues a Red Flag Warning, in conjunction with land management agencies, to alert land managers to an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern. If a Red Flag Warning is issued, it means critical fire conditions are ongoing or expected to occur within the next 24 hours. For more information, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ww.shtml #WildfireSafety

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Understand Fire Weather Watches and Warnings by visiting http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ww.shtml #WildfireSafety

Red Flag Warning

 

Red Flag Warning vs. Fire Weather Watch

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A Red Flag Warning means TAKE ACTION, critical fire conditions are ongoing or expected within the next 24 hours. A Fire Weather Watch means BE PREPARED, critical fire weather conditions are expected to develop in the next 12 to 48 hours, but not more than 72 hours. Learn more at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ww.shtml #Wildfire Safety

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Know the difference between a Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/fire/ww.shtml #WildfireSafety

Red Flag Warning vs. Fire Weather Watch

 

IMET Article

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Did you know that National Weather Service meteorologists work on-scene at large wildfires? These Incident Meteorologists (IMETs) go through extensive training and work in rough conditions to support wildfire fighting and containment operations. Learn what it’s like for an IMET working a wildfire: www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/imet_article.html #WildfireSafety

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Did you know that @NWS Meteorologists work on-scene at large wildfires? www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/imet_article.html #WildfireSafety

IMET Article

 

Create a Communications Plan

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Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how will you get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how will you get back together; and what will you do in different situations. Create a Family Communications Plan. http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #WildfireSafety

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Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Make a plan http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #WildfireSafety

Create a Communications Plan

 

Air Quality Index

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During wildfire season, visit AirNow to get the Air Quality Index in your area. Wildfire smoke contains microscopic particles that can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main #WildfireSafety

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During wildfire season, stay healthy. Get the Air Quality Index in your area. http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main #WildfireSafety

Air Quality Index