How safe is your farm from a wildfire? Wildfires are common in many states across the country and should be seen as a great risk to farmers. Michigan State University Extension suggests farmers be a little more proactive at reducing the risk of a damaging fire.
A few risk factors to keep in mind:
– Old wooden barns or outbuildings
– Flammable livestock bedding
– Stored hay bales
– Flammable liquids and chemicals
– Remote location in relationship to the nearest fire station
– Lightening strikes
– Dried crops in the field, ready for harvest
All of these things can make your farm more susceptible to wildfires and can have a huge impact on your land, your operation, and your family. It would be wise to develop a disaster plan and know how you will handle a wildfire in your area if it gets too close for comfort.