Improve your Home’s Survivability in the Event of a Wildfire
Give special treatment to the area within 30 feet of your home and all its attachments (wooden decks, fences, and boardwalks) on all sides. Note: the 30-foot number comes from the very minimum distance, on flat ground, that a wood wall can be separated from the radiant heat of large flames without igniting. In this area:
- Plants should be carefully spaced, low-growing and free of resins, oils and waxes that burn easily.
- Mow the lawn regularly. Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground.
- Space conifer trees 30 feet between crowns. Trim back trees that overhang the house.
- Create a ‘fire-free’ area within five feet of the home, using non-flammable landscaping materials and/or high-moisture-content annuals and perennials.
- Remove dead vegetation from under deck and within 10 feet of house.
- Consider fire-resistant material for patio furniture, swing sets, etc.
- Remove firewood stacks and propane tanks; they should not be located in this zone.
- Water plants, trees and mulch regularly.
- Prune lower tree branches to a height no more than 1/3 the tree’s height.
- Remove fir needles, leaves and debris from the ground, and gutters.
- Keep grass and weeds mowed to a maximum height of 4 inches.
- Do not use the area under decks for storage.
- Store firewood at least 15' away from the house and decks.
- Plan and rehearse an escape plan.
- Ensure your address is clearly marked and visible from the street.