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Are you prepared for fire?

March 2, 2011

The Howard County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire in eastern Martin County Tuesday. Wildfires have swept the Crossroads area the past few weeks. (HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins)

Would you know what to do if a wildfire was bearing down on your home, forcing you and your family to evacuate?

The recent rash of wildfires in and around the Howard County area has many local residents asking that very question, as dry conditions and high winds aren't likely to go away anytime soon.

Big Spring Fire Marshal Carl Condray said the vital strategy area residents can take to protect themselves and their families during an evacuation is to prepare ahead of time.

“One of the most important things you can do to prepare for this type of emergency is make lists,” Condray said. “When you're faced with an emergency like this, things can get very emotional very fast, and that can make it really easy to forget something vital."

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