You can't predict, but you can prepare.



Jul 13, 2010

ncdfr wildfire picWildfires typically occur in North Carolina during the dry spring and summer months. The potential for wildfires depends upon recent climate conditions, surface fuel characteristics, and fire behavior. Wildfires can destroy precious natural resources and forestry essential to the survival of wildlife and their complex ecosystems. While wildfire is a natural phenomenon, increased human activity has increased their occurrence.

In recent years, increased residential development has been occurring along the urban/rural interface where homes built in or near forests become susceptible to wildfire damage. These buildings are at great risk since wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread rapidly igniting brush, trees and buildings.

Approximately 75% of wildfires in Forsyth County, which total approximately 70 per year, are High Potential Fires which means one or more of the following could occur if no firefighting action was taken: the fire would pose a threat to human life, structures, or valued property; the fire would burn for more than two hours; or the fire would burn over 300 acres.

Wildfire... Are You Prepared?

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