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Wildfire Risk Prevention

May 14, 2012

With wildfire season upon us, it’s important that building owners in rural communities know how to minimize their risk. There are many simple steps that can be taken to maintain the exterior of buildings which could help protect structures in the event of a wildfire.


  • Create a fire-safe, defensible space at least 30 feet around the perimeter of the building
  • Do not store combustible materials against the exterior of the building
  • Install fire resistant roof sheathing and siding
  • Keep roofs and gutters free of debris, such as pine needles and twigs which can easily ignite.
  • Install a spark arrester on all chimneys
  • Tall trees should be limbed at least 6 feet above the ground to reduce the chances of a ground fire spreading to the tree tops, and cut all limbs overhanging or touching the building
  • Use plants with high moisture content (deciduous) in landscaping and keep them well watered
  • Use fire breaks in landscaping to interrupt the path of a fire, such as walkways, driveways, or water features


Fires need fuel, oxygen and heat to thrive, eliminate that fuel!

Every lost second can make a difference in the extent of damage that a fire can do. Make sure building addresses are at least 4 inches high and clearly visible from the street day or night, so that emergency crews can quickly and easily identify the building.

Are your clients informed about the measures they should be taking to ensure the best possible outcome in the event of a wildfire?


Article by: April LaRita Green

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