Tips to protect your home during Wildfire Season!
The objective is to reduce the wildfire threat to your home by changing the characteristics of the flammable vegetation.
Lean - Prune shrubs and cut back tree branches, especially within 20 feet of your home.
Clean - Remove ALL dead plant material from around your home; this includes dead leaves, dry vegetation and even stacked firewood. In addition, CLEAN your roof and gutters of leaves and broken limbs.
Green - Plant fire-resistant vegetation that is healthy and green throughout the year.
Think of the area around your home in Zones. Zone 1 is closest to the structure, Zone 4 is the farthest away.
Zone 1 - This well-irrigated area encircles the structure for at least 30 feet on all sides, providing space for fire suppression equipment in the event of an emergency. Plants should be limited to carefully spaced fire resistant tree and shrub species. Grass should be kept very short (1-2 inches) to prevent any wildfire from getting too close to your home!
Zone 2 - Fire resistant plants/vegetation should be used here, and the irrigation system should extend into this section.
Zone 3 - Place low-growing plants and well spaced trees in this area, remembering to keep the volume of vegetation (fuel) low.
Zone 4 - This furthest zone from the structure is a natural area. Thin selectively here and remove highly flammable vegetation. Plants/vegetation should be low-growing.
The above information was gathered from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oklahoma Wildfire Prevention Coalition
Additional TIPS for creating a "GREEN ZONE" around your home
Moderate Cost Actions: $50 - $250
High Cost Actions: More than $500