Always keep a supply of cold-water available in event of a sudden outbreak
Make sure to mind some basic rules while driving or mountain climbing/hiking. For example please do not carelessly dispose of cigarettes. Put them in their proper place.
If there does happen to be a fire in a forested or mountainous area, please report it to the nearest fire department. Follow the rules prescribed by your regional self-governing administration.
When there are reports of dryness or strong winds, conditions which can often lead to fires, refrain from visiting areas where warnings are posted
If each and every person works together, we can avert a lot of the problems that arise during this season (winter). Life and property are important. It is important that we all be vigilant during these times.*
*Translation from Japanese provided by Brandon Anderson
Risk of fire
Ever wonder why when you walk past rows of houses there are lots of water bottles filled up outside, lining the walls? These are one form of fire preparation, a hazard which is not uncommon in Japan.
The probability of mountain/bush fires increases during the cold months. The combination of strong winds, dry air, and other factors make the likelihood of a dangerous outbreak very high. In many cases, the speed of the fire moves very quickly, and these fires can spring from almost nothing. This is especially true in areas where there are complex systems of forests and woods. The prospect of a wild fire spreading quickly is nothing to scoff at. Each and every region must take the appropriate precautions in dealing with these outbreaks. Just last year (2014) in Oita City there were seven outbreaks in the forests and fields. This year (2015) in October we had around six of them.
There are some relatively easy precautions that one can take to avert the risk of fire spreading. Some of the main causes of fire spreading include throwing away tobacco, and improper use and disposal of firewood.