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WildlandWildland
Every year, wildfires
burn across the U.S.,
and more and more
people are living where
wildfires are a real
risk. But by working
together, residents
can make their own
property — and their
neighborhood — much
safer from wildfire.
Every year, wildfires
burn across the U.S.,
and more and more
people are living where
wildfires are a real
risk. But by working
together, residents
can make their own
property — and their
neighborhood — much
safer from wildfire.
Fire SafetyFire Safety
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Action steps for around your home:
CLEAR leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs,
gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers
from igniting your home.
REMOVE dead vegetation and other items from under
your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
SCREEN in areas below patios and decks with wire
mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from
accumulating.
REMOVE flammable materials (wood piles, propane
tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and
outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can
catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
Wildfire can spread to tree tops. PRUNE trees so the
lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown,
cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and
shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. DISPOSE of
these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair the
shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember
penetration.
COVER exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no
larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the
home.
ENCLOSE eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 mesh
metal screening to prevent ember entry.
AND
DON’T
FOrGET...
The more actions a
community takes, the
more fire adapted it
becomes. Learn how you
can make a difference in
your community. Visit
www.fireadapted.org
and www.firewise.org for
more information.
FACT
There are more than 45
million homes near or in
the wildland.
More than 72,000 U.S.
communities are now at
risk from wildfire.
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