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Keep Cuero Beautiful Hosts Wildfire Prevention Workshop

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CUERO- Keep Cuero Beautiful hosted a Wildfire Prevention Workshop Wednesday morning at the Cuero Public Library, lead by Fire Chief James Barrie.

Every year the Cuero Fire Department sees roughly 50-70 Wildfires. "40-50% of our fires are vegetation fires, which consists of grass fires, or any other type of wild land fire," Barrie said. 

Barrie went over maps of Dewitt County, explaining "home ignition zones" and the importance of planting vegetation away from your home, that contain heavy moisture. 

He also reminded residents to never leave a fire unattended. 

"Keep the areas around your home short and trimmed, properly watered, and don't leave any fires unattended, and leaving them burning," Barrie says.

However, despite the damage they can cause, he explained that wildfires can be beneficial to plant growth. He says getting rid of debris can give trees and shrubs a stronger and healthier plant life.

His main point, to be responsible when burning trash or debris.

"I tell people to don't leave their fires unattended, and get ready for the dry season coming up," Barrie says.

For more information on how you can reduce wildfire risks and prepare your home visit Firewise.org.

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