On notice

Wildfires, which often move and change direction quickly, can be difficult to contain.

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, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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.

These fires are one of nature’s most destructive forces, capable of moving as fast as 14 miles per hour.

Wildfires also can change direction unexpectedly and jump gaps, including roads and rivers.

The Postal Service takes steps to prepare for wildfire emergencies. The USPS National Preparedness site has wildfire emergency response checklists for mail processing facilities and district and area offices.

The Ready.gov site has additional tips and information.