The city of La Vergne has just issued an outdoor burning ban to be effective immediately. This ban covers all open burning and recreational fires, including fire pits, but not charcoal or gas grills. Fireworks are still ok as of posting time, but I urge people to use caution and common sense with their fireworks this summer. I have a good friend who had to evacuate with her family from their home last night in Colorado Springs, CO, and I can only imagine the stress she must be feeling at the chance that her home will burn to the ground before she returns. I would hate for anyone to have to go through that here. Temperatures are set to climb well over 100 degrees in the next several days, humidity remains lower than usual, and there have already been several wildfires in Eastern TN this month, so we all need to be mindful of this very real threat.
Driving off road can also cause wildfires. Here are some tips I found at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation’s website:
- Do not light fireworks in any areas where the sparks could ignite dry grass, leaves or other potential fire fuel.
- Always have an approved fire extinguisher and/or an available water supply to douse sparks or flames.
- Also wet the area around where fireworks are being discharged.
- Check with local ordinances and authorities for bans on fireworks and open burning.
Driving Off Road
- Wildfires can start when fine, dry fuel, such as grass, comes in contact with catalytic converters.
- Think twice before driving into and across a grassy field.
- Never park over tall, dry grass or piles of leaves that can touch the underside of a vehicle.
- When driving vehicles off road, regularly inspect the undercarriage to ensure that fuel and brake lines are intact and no oil leaks are apparent.
- Always carry an approved fire extinguisher on vehicles that are used off road.
- Check for the presence of spark arresters on ATV exhausts.