Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S., and now more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. By working together, residents can make their own property — and their neighborhood and county— much safer from wildfire


Increase your wildfire safety.

Make simple low-cost changes to your home and landscape starting today.


Action Items to Improve Your Home’s Survivability:

• REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home. .

• SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.

• COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.

• ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.

• INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home

• REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.

• KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.

• PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.

• MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.

• DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.

• CONTROL debris in wooded areas on your property. Keep leaves and downed trees to a minimum so that there is less fuel for a wildfire.


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