Create a defensible space of at least 30 feet around your house and outbuildings; closely mow lawns and trees should be pruned and spaced widely apart.
Establish fuel breaks along roadways and between buildings and fields or woodlands.
Keep mufflers and spark arresters on agricultural equipment in proper working order and watch out for rocks and metal when bush hogging or mowing.
Monitor hay-baling operations closely, dry hay can ignite within the baler.
Watch out for sparks when using welding equipment to build fences or repair equipment.
Avoid driving or parking vehicles in grassy areas where tall, dry grass comes into contact with hot pollution control equipment under our vehicle.
Postpone outdoor burning until your area greens up, check with local fire department to determine if any bans on outdoor burning exist.
When debris burning is allowed, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil prior to lighting your fire. Burn trash in a burn barrel or other fire-safe receptacle covered with a wire mesh or gird that will help contain burning debris.