Tuesday, August 18, 2009

July 2009 Fires

During the month of July, Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) responded to 317 fires causing an estimated $1.3 million dollars of property damage. (TFD's response area includes City of Tacoma, City of Fife, Fire District #10 and City of Fircrest). Of those fires, 235 were hot weather-related outdoor fires involving materials like dry grass, bark, trees and shrubs. This represents a significant increase in the number of fire incidents as compared to recent years (see chart) and record breaking dry and hot weather undoubtedly contributed to the problem. Residents can help us reduce the chance of outdoor fires the remainder of the summer by following a few simple steps:
  • Remove weeds and keep grass cut.
  • Try not to place plants too close to structures and under overhangs or eaves.
  • Provide adequate water to keep plants healthy and green.
  • Trash and debris should be disposed of properly. If you have concerns about excessive debris on someone else’s property check with Tacoma Cares.
  • Store flammable liquids properly.
  • Always dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays.
  • Safely dispose of barbecue ashes.
  • Observe burn bans.