Annual Reminder to Prepare Your Property for Fire Season


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defensible spaceWell, unfortunately, it’s that time of year again, FIRE SEASON! I wish I didn’t have to remind people of the importance of fire safety but every year people either forget or they intentionally choose to make reckless decisions.

Just the other day, some transients who were traveling on the highway near our home started two small forest fires just because they didn’t take the time to make sure that their cooking fires were completely extinguished.

Last week we had a red flag weather warning for most of the week due to dry lightning storms. During that time over 25 small fires were started by lightning!

Due to the extreme drought conditions that the western states are facing again this year, we need to be especially vigilant when it comes to protecting our homes from wildfires. I wrote an article about this matter around this time last year called Protecting Your Home From Wildfires. It will contain more in-depth information than this article so I highly suggest that you take the time to read it.

The Main Point I Want to Make Today

When it comes to wildfire prevention, we could go on all day but that’s not the purpose of this article. In this article, I would just like to remind you of the importance of creating defensible space around your home and outbuildings.

In case you don’t already know, creating “defensible space” means that you remove all combustible material around your home. If you have trees, brush, and dry grass near your home, it will be much more difficult for fire fighters to protect your home during a fire.

By taking steps to remove combustible materials around your home, you’re not giving a wildfire any fuel to burn near your home. The idea is that if there isn’t any combustible fuel near your home or cabin, the fire “may” not burn your home down.

This is such an important issue that in the state of California they enacted a law in January of 2005 that increased the required defensible space around homes and structures from a perimeter of 30 feet to 100 feet!

You may be quite fond of the trees and bushes that are near your home but keep this in mind. You probably moved into the forest because you enjoy living in the woods. Would you rather sacrifice a few shrubs and trees or your entire home?

I highly encourage you to take the time to create defensible space around your home and other structures. Doing so may mean the difference between losing your home in a wildfire and saving it!

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