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Focus on Fire Safety: Living in the Wildland Environment

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Focus on Fire Safety: Living in the Wildland Environment
April 2010

More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings, rural areas, or remote mountain sites.  There, residents enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wild fire. 
Wildfires often begin unnoticed.  They can be ignited by the careless tossing of a cigarette, an unattended campfire or from natural causes like lightning.  They spread quickly igniting brush, trees, and homes. 
Each year fire burns millions of acres of woodland across the United States.  We can better live with the land by learning about the natural areas we inhabit and what we can do to reduce the risk of loss if wildfire occurs.  Homes that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire.  In a wild­fire, every second counts!

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and practicing a home fire escape plan.
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