PK Fire - Protect Your Home

A fire burning in Palo Pinto County near Possum Kingdom Lake has kept crews busy. More than 100 firefighters from the Texas Forest Service are supporting 35 local crews.

As of Wednesday evening, 39 homes, 9 RV's and 6,200 hundred acres have burned.

The fire has been hanging a lot on the weather, said TFS Public Information Officer John Nichols. "These things are always weather dependant, and you always watch the weather, but it doesn't do any good to get frustrated about it," he said.

The following tips and information were released by the Texas Forest Service Wednesday, as how you can protect your home in times of fire danger:

Wildfires destroying homes in suburban and urban areas like Oklahoma City and Possum Kingdom west of Fort Worth are proof that dangerous wildfire conditions still persist. When fire breaks out near your community, it is critical to monitor media and to obey evacuation orders.

Eighty percent of wildfires occur within two miles of residential neighborhoods and suburbs. When wildfires are moving at extreme speeds, they cannot be controlled. When advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke.

When weather conditions make wildfires more likely, prepare by taking the following precautions:

• Keep firefighting tools handy, such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and buckets.
• Place connected garden hoses on all sides of the house for emergency use.
• Know all emergency exits from your house.
• Learn all routes leading out of your neighborhood.

As fires actually approach, take the following actions:

• Park your car facing the direction of escape.
• Shut off gas at the meter. Only a qualified professional can safely turn the gas back on.
• Turn off propane tanks.
• Place combustible patio furniture inside.
• Seal vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
• Wet down or remove shrubs within 15 feet of your residence.
• Place lawn sprinklers on roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet down the roof.
• Close windows, vents, doors, blinds and non combustible window coverings. Remove flammable drapes and curtains.
• Close interior doors and windows to prevent drafts.