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Fire Officials Urge Safety While Outdoors

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Local fire officials are reminding everyone to be extra careful as we head into fire season in our area.

Whether people are going off-roading or grilling, officials want everyone to be safe outside. Especially because they're expecting another dry season.

"Wildland season is summer. So summer our call line goes up in general just for people being outside, more active wildland season. Obviously hotter, dryer, more winds," says Battalion Chief Mark Winkelman, Reno Fire Department.

They say to look out for more red flag warning days, which have very high winds in very dry conditions.

Officials say July is the peak month for grill fires. So, with that said, grilling and making campfires should always be done outdoors and in an open space away from a building and overhanging branches.

When you go off-roading, stay away from areas with a lot of vegetation because the heat coming from the vehicle can start a fire.

In case a wildfire does break out, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is also asking people to have defensible space around their home.

"Residents in the outlying areas, I'd like to encourage you to create your surrounding space, which is modify your landscaping to keep your home safe and be prepared for wildfires in your area," says Fire Marshal Amy Ray.

You can learn more about defensible space by going to www.livingwithfire.info

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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