Many people would like to live in a serene setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but not completely isolated from familiar conveniences. The housing market is responding to these desires by building new neighborhoods in the countryside – and scores of new home buyers are settling in each year. Unfortunately, this trend is happening as signs point to a warmer climate with more intense and frequent wildfires ahead.
How can you – as just one member of a community in an outlying area – prepare for the threat of wildfires?
You can clear out the brush, tree limbs and other woody material from along driveways and other access roads to your property. This firebreak may stop, or at least slow, an oncoming wildfire.
Protect your home by lopping off those pesky low-lying limbs from trees and removing flammable material from the grounds around your house. To some, a green lawn looks out of place around a rural home site, but it may just save your house from the worst of a wildfire. If you’re remodeling or building a new home, consider installing a metal roof and using other fire-resistant materials where possible.
With the help of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, DNR has created a flyer in English & Spanish that tells how to create a space around homes that helps defend from wildfires.
…Con la ayuda de La Comisión de Asuntos Hispanos del estado de Washington, el Departamento de Resources Naturales (DNR) ha creado un volante en español que describe visualmente cómo crear un espacio de seguridad alrededor de las casas para ayudar a defenderlas de incendios forestales.
Here are tips to make the area surrounding your home into a defensible space more likely to resist wildfire.
Resources to help you defend your home
- Firewise Communities
- Ready, Set, Go!
- Fire Adapted Communities
- Ciscoe Morris talks about construction techniques to help make your house more resistant to wildfire
- Learn about the home ignition zoneand the basics of defensible space
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