Cut It Now Or It'll Burn Later!

Cut It Now Or It'll Burn Later!

The winter and spring rains result in a lot of vegetation. But as temperatures climb, the vegetation dries out and becomes a
serious fire risk. Don't let your home or property fall victim to a brush fire. Be sure to maintain your property and landscaping
in a fire-wise condition. 
  • Keep weeds and grass cut. 
  • Remove dead and piled up vegetation, and dispose of it properly. 
  • Properly dispose of trash and debris. Piles of refuse such as old furniture, boxes and pallets are fires waiting to happen.
    Even old cars can burn! 
  • Stack firewood away from structures, fences or anything else that may be combustible. 
    
If you live in an outlying or more rural area, consider these additional steps: 
  • Create at least a 30-ft. safety zone or firebreak around your home. 
  • Limit the use of flammable plants in landscape design. Choose fire resistant varieties. 
  • Plant trees and large shrubs in sparse, separate areas. 
  • Limit the use of trees and shrubs that have large volumes of foliage and branches. 
  • Limit the use of plants that have shaggy bark or dry leaves that shed annually. 
  • Limit the use of plants that develop dry or dead undergrowth. 
  • Limit the placement of plants next to structures, under eaves, overhangs, decks, etc. 
  • Limit the use of plants placed at the bases of trees or large shrubs. 
  • Remove ladder fuels (plants that provide a link between the ground and tree limbs). 
    
Maintenance Hints: 
  • Conduct regular maintenance to reduce the opportunity for brush fires. 
  • Remove low hanging branches. Also, remove tree limbs around chimneys. 
  • Keep the roof clear. Sweep gutters and eaves, and wash the roof on a regular basis to get rid of dry needles and leaves. 
  • Control the height of ground vegetation and mow the grass often. 
  • Remove dead and accumulated vegetation, and dispose of it properly. 
  • Provide enough water to keep plants healthy and green. Keep irrigation systems in good working order. 
  • Top trees only when necessary as topping creates too many lower branches that can increase the fire danger. 
  • Remove or thin the dead wood and the older trees beyond 100 feet from the house. 
  • Store and use flammable liquids properly. 
  • ALWAYS dispose of cigarettes carefully. 

 

 


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