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Firefighters offer advice to protect homes from grass fires

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/21 6:47 pm Published: 2/21 4:15 pm

COWETA, Okla. - Recent fires and high fire danger conditions firefighters are asking homeowners to be proactive and protect your residence.

With most vegetation dead, firefighters told FOX23 even if Green Country gets 3 or 4 inches of rain it won't reduce the fire risk.

They said it won't get better until things start to turn green in spring.

"It's so dry right now, it just takes a little bit to fuel the fire," said Jeff Beller with the Coweta Fire Department.

You can take steps to protect your home, start by looking around your property.

“Keep their yards clean, keep their grass short, keep any leaves raked up," said Beller.

And Coweta fire fighters told FOX23 there may be another major risk you don't realize, fire place coals can retain their heat even after three or four days.

“Using some common sense when discarding the ashes can save them from losing their property. If they dig a hole, bury your ash, put some water on it, make sure they are completely extinguished because they can retain their heat for so long,” said Ben Neff with the Coweta Fire Department.

Fire fighters recommend using certain materials, like concrete siding or full brick, if you’re planning a remodel or new construction.

If you have a sprinkler system or sprinklers when a fire breaks out firefighters say start soaking your property line.

“Iif we're out fighting a brush fire or a grass fire and they know it may be headed in their direction, they could set out sprinklers and that would help,” said Beller.

Firefighters say even everyday activities can be dangerous.

“Whether it's on an outside grill or an outside fire pit, the pleasure you get from that is not worth the potential hazard it poses,” said Neff.

Firefighters said if you do drive into the area of a fire, don't drive into thick smoke. Your visibility will be reduced and it would be hard to see what was on the road.

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