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Firefighters battle a 2011 summertime garage fire in West Seattle.

Dry weather fire safety tips from SFD

The Seattle Fire Department sees a predictable jump in fires during the dry, warm summer months, and shared these tips with the community to help safeguard yourself and your property:

In the past month, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to more than 100 warm weather-related fires involving dry grass, bark and shrubs. Seattle residents can help reduce the chance of such outdoor fires by following a few simple steps:

• Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around your home. This includes limbs that touch your home or hang near the roof.

• Remove dead plants or bushes as soon as possible.

• Clear roof and gutters of needles and leaves.

• Make sure cigarettes have cooled completely before throwing them out. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can easily start a fire in dry conditions.

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