A Fire weather warning is in effect for most of Kansas, and parts of Ok, Co and NE until 7pm central time tonight (Tuesday, March 30th 2010.)
What you should do before a prairie fire.
First you should have a emergency evacuation plan. Your plan should include your
- 72 hour kit or bag.
- A list of phone numbers
- 2 ways to escape each room of your home
- at least 2 ways to escape your neighborhood
- A place to stay away from the fire area
- and preps to transport pets and or livestock
During the fire, if you feel that you are in danger, LEAVE.
If caught in your vehicle;
- Stay in your car, don't run on foot.
- roll up all windows and shut the vents
- keep lights on a drive slowly though smoke, however you shouldn't drive through very heavy smoke
- you might have to wait out a fire storm in the car until it passes, this will cause your car to stall and not restart. Make sure your 72 hour kit as water, temperatures inside the car will increase.
After the fire
- do not cross any official barriers
- watch for flare ups
- burnt poles can fall, watch for them
- Check for structural damage of your home before entering it
- check for embers, in and around your home for several days following a fire
- Check for any gas leaks.
If interested in more disaster preparedness, check here;
It's a Disaster; the book