Attention Drivers: Don’t Drive Into Smoke On The Road

The Texas State Operations Center which has been monitoring wildfires around the state has important advice for drivers who find themselves in or near grassfires. One key tip: Don’t drive into thick smoke on a road. Prepare to stop and turn around. Turn on your emergency flashers to warn vehicles behind you. You should check fire and weather conditions before getting on the road and monitor radio broadcasts while traveling. If you ever told to evacuate some place because of fire, do so immediately, and pay attention to changes in the speed and direction of fire and smoke. Wind-driven wildfire can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. When you are evacuating, shut gas off at the meter and turn off propane tanks– if you have the time to do so. Wet down your roof and shrubbery.  And choose a route leading away from the fire.

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