Beginning April 5, a National Wildfire Prevention Education team will be assisting the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry local forest districts headquartered in Dalton and Cressona in conducting wildfire prevention awareness activities, running through April 19.

The local districts have determined the need to raise public awareness of the dangers of wildfires in the area during the Spring Fire Season.

Fire season typically begins after the snow melts in mid March, and continues through green-up in early May.

After a briefing beginning at 9:30 AM on April 5, the team, compromised of four people from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia, will be working from the office of the Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville for the two weeks.

Escaped debris fires and arson fires are the two major causes of wildfires in this area.

Wildfires represent a major risk to people, property, and natural resources in Northeast Pennsylvania. By raising public awareness of how to prevent wildfires, and creating wildfire resistant zones around homes and structures in wooded areas, people can minimize the effects of wildfires in their local communities.

Local residents can join in with local fire departments, county officials and Bureau of Forestry personnel in preventing wildfires.

The Fire Prevention Education Team will work closely with Bureau of Forestry and local law enforcement personnel to develop and deliver fire prevention messages in areas of high arson fire occurrence.

The team will be developing messages, handouts, and other information that can be distributed by agency personnel, church groups, community service organizations and others in a door to door fire prevention awareness campaign during periods of high wildfire danger.