Governor's Division of Emergency
WILDFIRE awareness: Preparedness
AUSTIN - Wildland fires pose a threat
throughout Texas, especially when dry weather conditions
combine with high winds and extreme temperatures.
Whether you live near open grassland, in a suburban area
on the edge of town or in a forested area, fire can
threaten your home. When weather conditions make
wildland fires more likely, take the following
Keep fire fighting tools handy, such
as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel,
rake and buckets.
Place connected garden hoses on all
sides of the house for emergency use.
Know all emergency exits from your
Learn all routes leading out of your
As fires actually approach, take the
Park your car in the direction of
Shut off gas at the meter. Only a
qualified professional can safely turn the gas back
Turn off propane tanks.
Place combustible patio furniture
Seal vents with pre-cut plywood or
Wet down or remove shrubs within 15
feet of your residence.
Place lawn sprinklers on roof and
near above-ground fuel tanks. Wet down the roof.
Close windows, vents, doors, blinds
and non combustible window coverings. Remove
flammable drapes and curtains.
Close interior doors and windows to
If advised to evacuate, do so
immediately. Choose a route away from the fire hazard
and be alert to changes in the speed and direction of
fire and smoke.
For more information on fire danger and
advisories, see the Texas Forest Service Website at: