More Fires; More Wind; More Cold!
What part of "Don't start fires when it's windy." don't people understand? Area departments have had to fight wind-driven wild fires in zero-degree wind chill conditions just about every other day for the past two weeks. If you live in either the Greenwood or Alvo areas, neither Fire Chief is going to issue any burn permits until mother nature gives us a lot of moisture.
Two fires north of Alvo required response from six departments; a fire north of Eagle took three departments to control; a fire near Raymond took eight departments to contain and it burned about 500 acres.
Help your volunteers out by:
1. Don't use burn barrels.
2. Field strip your cigarette butts (stub out the ember, tear the paper to release the unburned tobacco into your hand, dump the tobacco in the ashtray, roll up the paper, swallow the filter).
3. Don't try to get rid of the toilet paper applied to your house or car by burning it - a southern family tried that and it cost them their house.
4. Getting out of the way when you see the warning lights - the sooner we get to the fire, the smaller it is and easier to extinguish.
Baby it's cold outside!
With temperatures fluctuating wildly - climate change, anyone? - we need to prepare for the 40 degree temperature drops. Keep your gloves, warm hat, scarf and heavy coat in the car. Layers, layers, layers - when I see a teenage male in basketball shorts, low top sneakers without socks in this weather, my thought is I hope he never fathers any children. Most of Nebraska winter deaths are due to people getting stuck due to whiteouts or sudden snow storms and then trying to walk to safety - The safest place is in your car, unless it's under the ice.
Traveling during winter should be planned and letting people know where you are going and when you expect to arrive is always a good idea. Don't travel if it isn't necessary, especially in marginal and poor weather conditions. Build a blizzard kit for your vehicle - if you don't know how, talk to a 4-H club member.
Keep a car charger for your cell phone in the car; newer phones can be located by cell tower signal strength.
57 Days until spring!
Groundhog day is approaching; we're getting a couple of minutes more sunlight each day; but winter is NOT over.
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