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Wildfire Preparation

Fires can have a devastating impact on a farm. Whether it’s a small area fire or uncontrolled wildfire, flames can spread across vast tracts of land, posing serious threats to livestock in barns, pens, and pastures. Livestock Evacuation Documentation Form Wildfires can spread across forests, grasslands, and fields at an astonishing rate. Farms near wildlands/ grasslands or owners that have livestock near these natural areas should be prepared for wildfires and know the steps to minimize risks and losses. Preparation There are several proactive measures that can be completed in advance to prepare producers for a wildfire emergency including: Have contact information for prearranged off-farm evacuation sites (lairage points) handy Review wildfire history in area Identify and maintain equipment that may help fight an approaching grassfire or wildfire (e.g., disk, harrow, tractor, water truck) Good barn and field maintenance can reduce fire danger for horses and other livestock. Make sure barns and other structures are stable, promptly remove dead trees, clear away brush, and maintain a defensible space around structures Reduce vegetation and wood debris within 10 to 30 meters of farm structures by thinning and pruning Create firebreaks by clearing vegetation and exposing bare soil to help curb the

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Spring Risk Mitigation on the Farm

Identify measures you can take to mitigate risk and ways to ensure you are prepared for a quick and effective response should a disaster or emergency strike. High risk during spring Flood or flash flood Grass fires Spring snowstorm Building or structure collapse Plow wind, hurricane, tornado Thunderstorm – lightning strikes Thin ice on dugout, slough or other water Other risks Disease outbreak Drought Hazardous material spill or release Explosion Building fire Transportation incident Building or structure collapse Power outage Water contamination Uncared for or neglected domestic animals Loose livestock Ill or hungry wildlife Response Preparation Have fire extinguishers available and up to date in all barns and buildings. Clear water should be accessible at all barns to allow for fighting fires. Current animal inventory numbers. Ensure animals have access to higher and/or open ground in case of high water or fire. Test emergency generator if you have one. Inspect and make any repairs to fences, gates and livestock trailers that may be needed. Have temporary fencing or penning available and supplies to fix fence. Risk Mitigation Checklist Keep grass mowed around all buildings. Inspect any fences for winter damage before putting animals out on pasture. Make sure all gates

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The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) is an alliance of equine industry experts, veterinarians, and horse owners whose purpose is to disseminate accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry.