The Postal Service reminds employees the risk of wildfire increases rapidly during the warm, dry summer months.
Between 60,000-80,000 wildfires occur annually in the United States. Wildfires have burned approximately 830,000 acres so far this year, according to the Forest Service.
These fires are one of nature’s most destructive forces, capable of moving as fast as 14 miles per hour.
While some wildfires are caused by lightning, 90 percent are caused by people.
Droughts, dry conditions and careless use of fire in wooded areas increase the risk for wildfires, which can quickly spread across trees and dry brush and threaten nearby homes and businesses.
Wildfires also can change direction unexpectedly. They also have the ability to jump gaps, including roads and rivers.
The Postal Service takes steps to prepare for wildfire emergencies. Visit the USPS National Preparedness site to see the wildfire emergency response checklists for mail processing, district and area offices.
The Smokey Bear site has additional tips and information.