Wildfire Preparedness 
Recommendations

Homeowners and residents can take a proactive approach to dealing with wildland fires by practicing some simple guidelines.

 

We recommend looking at the following website;

https://www.readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go/

 

•    Roofs should be made of noncombustible material, use a “Class A” fire-resistive material
•    Trees need to be trimmed away from the roof and 10 feet away from the chimney
•    Plants should be low growing and less combustible
•    Make sure the yard is well trimmed and free of debris
•    Roof and gutters should be cleaned of leaves and pine needles
•    Make sure there is 100 feet of non-combustible fire break surrounding your home. ZONE 1: 30 feet of Lean, Clean & Green (remove all flammable material)

ZONE 2: 30–100 feet of Reduced Fuel (create vertical & horizontal space between trees & shrubs, mow grass down to maximum height of 4 inches) 
•    Make sure an adequate water supply is available to fight fire
•    Be sure good access is provided for emergency vehicles
•    Make sure your home can be well identified
•    Plant vegetation should be kept away from windows and inside corners
•    Water and maintain vegetation, remove dead materials
•    Install double-pane tempered glass windows
•    Install a spark arrestor
•    Remove combustible furniture, stacked firewood, materials away from home

Before A Wildfire Strikes 

• Know where your gas, electric and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them.
• Become familiar with your community’s disaster-preparedness plans and create a family plan.
• Plan several escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place.
• Put together an emergency kit.
• Ensure you follow your local fire code and adhere to its brush compliance program

Forest Fire

During A Wildfire

• Listen to your portable radio for reports and evacuation information.
• Back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
• Close garage windows and doors, but leave them unlocked.
• Confine pets to one room.
• Arrange temporary housing.
• When advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
• Wear protective clothing.
• Take your emergency kit.
• Lock your home.
• Follow the evacuation route that your local officials have identified.