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Texas A&M Forest Service Urges Citizens Caution During July 4th Holiday

According to Texas A&M Forest Service Prevention Specialist Jan Amen, 90 percent of wildfires are started by humans, so it is imperative to be mindful of the risk of starting a fire - even with recent rainfall.

COLLEGE STATION -- There are many ways to celebrate July 4th, and while sitting by the campfire, grilling a favorite dish, or using fireworks are common activities - they could spark a wildfire.

According to Texas A&M Forest Service Prevention Specialist Jan Amen, 90 percent of wildfires are started by humans, so it is imperative to be mindful of the risk of starting a fire - even with recent rainfall.

“In Texas there are currently no areas of concern over the holiday but it’s still important locally to be careful with the use of fireworks,” Texas A&M Service Predictive Services Department Head Tom Spencer said. “It’s still possible to start a fire.”

Fireworks safety tips:

  • Before you celebrate, always check with local government officials to ensure fireworks and outdoor burning are allowed in your county. Be sure to comply with all restrictions.

  • Read and follow all warnings and instruction labels on fireworks.

  • Use fireworks only under close adult supervision and in safe areas away from structures, dry grass and brush.

  • Keep a hose, bucket of water and wet towels nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

  • Dispose of used fireworks in a bucket of water.

  • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container.

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