Since the start of July, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to over 80 dry weather-related fires involving bark, dry grass and shrubs. With the weather expected to stay warm and dry in the coming weeks, we are likely to see an increase in dry weather-related fires.
Help reduce the chance of such outdoor fires by practicing these tips:
- Carelessly discarded cigarettes and other smoking materials can easily start a fire in dry conditions. Douse smoking materials in water before tossing out. Make sure proper cigarette disposal canisters are available in areas where smoking is allowed.
- Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around buildings. This includes limbs that touch buildings or hang near the roof.
- Remove dead plants or bushes as soon as possible.
- Clear roof and gutters of needles and leaves.