GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Midway Fire Rescue firefighters have responded to several in the last week, and they are giving residents ways to reduce exposure to wildland fire.
According to Midway Fire Rescue press release, residents are encouraged to begin the spring cleanup sooner due to the leftover debris from Hurricane Matthew and warmer temperatures.
Georgetown County has residential communities that are heavily wooded with unoccupied properties between unoccupied properties. Fire can quickly spread in these areas, the press release states.
Tips from Midway Fire Rescue:
- Rake and remove pine needles and dry leaves within a minimum of 3 to 5 feet of a home’s foundation. As time permits continue up to a 30 foot distance around the home. Dispose of collected debris in appropriate trash receptacles and transfer to a disposal site. We do not recommend burning the debris on-site.
- Remove the accumulation pine needles and dry leaves from your home’s roof and gutters.
- Do not use pine straw or other highly combustible mulches within 30-feet of your home.
- Collect downed tree limbs and broken branches and take them to a disposal site.
- Join forces with neighbors and pool your resources to pay for services that can help with the cleanup process.
- Contact the owners of unoccupied properties in an effort to convince them to clean up that property and/or come to an agreement about community help.
- Choose plants, shrubbery, and trees that are better suited to resist fire. Lists of appropriate plants can be found by visiting http://www.firewise.org. There are no “fire-proof” plants, but high-moisture plants that grow close to the ground and have a low sap or resin content are best suited for the Wildland Urban Interface.
- For more information contact your local fire department or visit http://www.firewise.org where you can obtain free educational materials.
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 6.
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