Protecting Your Home from Wildfires

The photo below illustrates the home ignition zones that homeowners can address to help protect their home in case there is a fire. The home ignition zones were developed by the USDA Forest Service based on research on how wildfires spread to homes. You can find more information about each zone by visiting the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Program website. 

Drawing of Firewise zones around a home

For most residents in our jurisdiction who live in neighborhoods with homes that are close to one another, focusing on the immediate zone (everything within 5 feet of your home) is most important. Cleaning up the space around your home should occur throughout the year, especially as conditions dry out and wildfire risk increases. Don't wait until it's a Red Flag Warning Day to start. Start now. 

Graphic button with text "Steps you can take"

  1. Example of hardscaping where rocks and a retaining wall surround a yardRemove leaves, pine needles, dead vegetation and other flammable materials from roof, gutters, window wells and under decks.
  2. Keep your lawn hydrated. If brown, cut it short.
  3. Prune low-hanging tree limbs and limbs that are close to or overhang your home.
  4. Screen areas below your deck and cover exterior vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent embers from igniting under the deck or getting inside the attic and home.
  5. Use hardscape material like gravel, pavers, etc. instead of combustible material such as bark or mulch.
  6. Store firewood at least 5-10 feet away from the house.
  7. Limit combustible items (outdoor furniture, planters, etc.) on top of decks. If this isn't feasible year-round, consider moving combustible items away from the home on Red Flag Warning and high fire risk days. 

These tips and more can be found through the National Fire Protection Association website. 


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