It’s time to “Ready, Set Go” this fire season

The Borger Fire Department is preparing for another severe wildland fire season, and wants local citizens to be prepared.BFD Fire Marshal Jerry Langwell said that due to significant drought conditions in Hutchinson County and the entire state of Texas, the BFD, along with the Texas Forest Service and Firewise communities, are trying to prepare for the possibility of wildland fires.“We need your help in the community to be Firewise and to be prepared to ‘Ready, Set, Go!’” he said.The Ready, Set, Go program addresses the three major phases of wildfire safety, which are preparation, situational awareness, and survival. Important steps include the following:Ready: Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Make sure all residents residing within the home are on the same page, and know planned escape routes.Set: Get your family and home prepared at the onset of fire in your area. Gather family pets and have them prepared to evacuate. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items including medication and personal identification. Stay aware of the latest news from local media and your local fire department for updated information on the fire. Be prepared to evacuate your home if called to do so.Go: Do not linger once evacuation orders have been given. Leave early and stay away until your area has been cleared for return by local officials. Promptly leaving your home and neighborhood clears roads for firefighters to get equipment in place to best maneuver the wildfire and ensures your safety and your family’s safety. “Given the current level of wildfire activity in Texas, residents in high-risk areas should be prepared to Ready, Set, and Go,” Langwell said.For additional info on the program or a free home assessment on wildfire safety, contact the Borger Fire Department at 806-273-0948.