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"Ready-Set-Go"

The Wichita Falls Fire Department held a program called "Ready-Set-Go." The National Community Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness program, teaches residents life and property saving techniques.

'The biggest thing that we want to teach people is how they can harden their home or create defensible space around their homes," said John Reese, Assistant Chief of the W.F.F.D.

Having a good defense is most important. Being prepared is the first defense when wildfires strike. Chief Reese gave some examples of just how to do that.

"Weeds cut down behind your property or adjoining your property storage of outdoor wood. Probably the biggest culprits of houses that catch fire here in a wild land event is trash in your gutters," said Chief Reese. Flying embers can land in the gutters and burn rapidly through roofs.

As part of the program, residents can have firefighters come out and do a survey of their home, and explain to them ways to keep their homes protected in the event of a wildfire.

"The second component of this is, teaching them how to be prepared to evacuate and to take care of their self," said Chief Reese.

First, pack your vehicle with emergency items then create a personal action plan for evacuation. Staying in the home puts residents lives in danger and makes it harder for firefighters to do their job. Chief Reese said, the recent weather conditions greatly increase the chance of wildfires.

"We went from being pretty green around here to things are dying off really quick. When you couple high winds, low humidity and the dry conditions that we have, it's a recipe for disaster," said Chief Reese.

During the program, residents learned that keeping an eye on National Weather Service alerts can help to warn of serious conditions. When red flags are issued the chances of wildfires become eminent.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.

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