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Fire Departments Ask for Publics Help

Fire departments across the panhandle are gearing up for an active wildfire season.

Monday's red-flag warning puts agencies on alert..

But they worry the same may not be true for residents who may have put the memories of the 2006 wildfire season far from their mind.

Chief Richard Lake with Potter County's Fire Dept. says, "For some people it seems like it was something that happened and it's passed and they are not worried about it. But when you look at weather conditions for this year as compared to 2006. We are really close to the same type of conditions."

Those conditions can spread a small spark to acres of a burning inferno.

Officials hope you can keep scenes like this from happening again, by cutting down brush and high grass.

Chief Mike Kelley with the Canyon Fire Department says, "Clean their alleys. Be sure and clean around the houses if you live in the county, clean up around your barns, clean up all the brush."

Not only will it cut down on a fire's ability to spread... It makes the land easier to navigate and less of a hassle for fire trucks to maneuver on.

The departments are doing their parts by fighting the wildfires with special trucks that navigate the terrain better and cost less if they break.

Chief Kelley says, "It's easier and cheaper to work on a cheaper truck than a high dollar truck."

Chief Lake says, "You are going to have expenses with tires, you are going to have expenses with maintenance. We try to limit it as much as we can. Rough terrain is very hard on equipment so we try to limit the exposure to that." 

Together the two agencies cover more than 14 hundred square miles.

Both Chief Lake and Chief Kelley say their staffs are on alert to wage war against the fires..

And assess the cost of saving your home later...

But they hope you do your part to prevent devastation.

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