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Firefighters ready for brush fires, tips on prevention

July 10th, 2014 - 3:11pm

(Port Angeles) -- Local firefighters have been preparing for the summer fire season by training for techniques in battling brush fires.

They say there are a number of tips you can follow to help prevent brush fires during the hot weather that is expected on the Olympic Peninsula in the next few weeks.

Clallam County Fire District 2 Chief Sam Phillips says they participated in the regional training of wildland firefighters this year that included 35 members of local and federal agencies. He says they're ready to protect homes locally.

Chief Phillips says wildfires typically fall into two categories, those caused by nature, typically lightning and fires caused by humans.

There are 5 easy steps you can follow to prevent wildland fires. First on the list is no outdoor burning as a local burn ban is in effect until the first of October.

Number 2 is keeping a clear 30 to 100 foot defensive space around your home and all of your structures.

Number 3 is to remove any flammable material from around your home: leaves, grasses and brush from around your home.

Tip 4 is sweep your decks clean of dry leaves and needles.

The fifth and final tip from Chief Phillips is be extra careful with ignition sources, such as lawn mowers, barbecues, chain saws and off road vehicles.

Additional information on fire prevention is available on the Fire District's website at clallamfire2.org.

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