How to Prevent Wild Fires
Learn what you can do to help prevent wildfires from starting.
How to Stop Fires from Starting
If you live in a wildfire-prone area you should follow our tips on how to prepare for wildfire – but also know that prevention is an important part of preparation. Because the “safest” wildfire is one that never starts, here are some tips on how to reduce the chance of wildfire from:
How to Stop Fires from Spreading
Of course, even if we could eliminate all human-ignited wildfires, the danger would still exist due to natural factors such as lightning. Prevention efforts should also include techniques to stop a spark or lightning strike from becoming an uncontrolled fire. Fortunately, the way we plant and maintain the landscaping around our homes can reduce the chance that a small fire becomes a wildfire.
Create a defensible space around your home by using the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) zone concept. Choose fire-resistant plants. Consult a landscaper in your area or this state-by-state list of fire-resistant plants at the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise website. Create empty space between shrubs and trees to reduce the chance of flames leaping between them. Prune trees above the height of bushes and shrubs (approximately 6’-10’ off the ground) and remove dead branches. Mow grassy areas regularly so that the grass is never more than 4” high. Remove dead and dry plants that could fuel a fire, as well as fallen leaves, pine cones, and other dry plant material.