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Friday, March 25, 2011

wildfires in CO, AR and GA & Video story on embers

 It might be cold and damp here in VA (Just what Smokey ordered) but fire season is in full swing elsewhere. ALSO check out the great video story on the dangers of embers during a wildfire. Learn what you can do.

Wildfire engulfs 1,600 acres in Denver
Denver, Colorado:  The second major wildfire to erupt this week in Denver has grown to 1,600 acres and prompted about 8,500 residents to flee their homes.

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A Wildfire Update from the Arkansas Forestry Commission
Arkansas Forestry Commission crews suppressed 56 wildfires that burned 2,662 acres between 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
With a high fire danger risk, there are a few things to remember:

*   Burning is strongly discouraged. This is especially true on days where humidity levels have dropped below 30 percent and winds are gusty. Fires can spread quickly in these conditions.
*   Be mindful that sparks from lawn mowers and hay baling equipment can start a wildfire.
*   Never discard cigarettes from vehicles.
*   Never park vehicles where grass or other vegetation can touch the exhaust system.

For tips on protecting your home from wildfire, visit

To view current burn bans and wildfire danger ratings, visit

Georgia fire officials battling seven wildfires
Winds of 25 to 35 mph are pushing flames, but grounding the choppers.
BRUNSWICK, Ga. Georgia Forestry Commission resources were stretched thin Thursday as strong winds whipped up seven wildfires across Southeast Georgia.

Wildfire Demonstration Shows Ember Danger
Thursday in Chester County, the Insurance Institute for Business and Safety demonstrated just how dangerous the wind-blown embers can be to homeowners.

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