What Texans Should Know to Prevent and Prepare for Wildfires – Austin American-Statesman | Hot Mobile Press

The Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments have responded to more than 6,800 wildfires that have burned about 600,000 acres across the state since Jan. 1. Over the weekend, a wildfire near Liberty Hill in Williamson County prompted the temporary evacuation of at least 200 homes. But firefighters had contained 75% of the 500-acre blaze as of Monday morning.

As Texas’ ongoing drought intensifies this summer, fire safety experts are encouraging homeowners to prevent and prepare for uncontrolled outdoor fires. More than half of Americans do not have an emergency supplies kit and 1 in 10 say they would ignore evacuation orders during a wildfire and stay indoors, a national poll found.

The survey, conducted by online consumer ratings site GeneratorTools.com, was attended by 1,018 people across the country, including 78 Texans. Of those surveyed, 78% said they did not have a portable generator, 54% did not have a backup kit and 76% – 3 out of 4 – have not evacuated even when an evacuation order was issued because of a weather or disaster situation.

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