Fire danger is always a very serious concern in the Texas Panhandle, but this year could be worse than what we expect. In 2015, we got rain nearly every day during the summer, resulting in a pretty quiet year on the wildfire front. But this year, seems like it could be a different story.

According to experts, there are a lot of factors working against us this year. Summer 2016 is predicted to be extremely hot and dry, which is the perfect atmosphere for a wildfire.

Should there be a lot of wildfires this summer, here are some things you need to know.

  • 1

    Use Common Sense

    Absolutely with out a doubt this is the most important part of this list. 9 out of 10 fires in the Texas Panhandle could  have been prevented by using common sense.

  • 2

    Never Ever Throw Out A Cigarette Butt

    If you are a smoker make sure your cigarette butt is all the way out before disposing of it.

  • 3

    Never Leave A Fire Unattended

    Before you start a fire make sure you have everything you need so you don't have to run off and leave it unattended. It's also a good to keep in the back of you mind that any fire you start could turn into a wild fire.

  • 4

    Never Park On Grass With Engine Running

    If you have to park your car on grass for any reason make sure your car is not running or even it idol. This could be a disaster waiting to happen.

  • 5

    Learn How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

    Work, car, school, home, where ever you are be sure to have a fire extinguisher and know how to use it.

  • 6

    Obey Burn Ban Laws

    When fire conditions are to dangerous local authorities but the burn ban laws in effect for our safety.

  • 7

    Speak Up

    If you see someone doing something unsafe that could cause a wild fire don't be afraid to speak up.

  • 8

    Keep Emergency Numbers Handy

    911 is great but sometimes if you call your local emergency lines you'll get a faster response.