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Creating Defensible Space

 
 

Pecos Canyon News

6/1/2018

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Protecting Your Home From Wildfire

The Pecos Canyon is almost exclusively a wildland area. In the wildland/urban interface, fire is a natural force that cannot always be stopped. Firefighters do not have the resources available to save every home; some homes are so closely surrounded by flammable vegetation that they cannot be saved. You must take responsibility to reduce fuels that could carry a wildfire to your home.

Create a Defensible Space

  • Remove all trees and large shrubs within 20 feet of the home.

  • To a distance of 100 feet (200 feet on steep lots), remove some trees and shrubs to create 10 feet of space between adjoining tree`s outermost branches.

  • Prune lower branches of remaining trees up to 10 feet off the ground.

  • Remove ladder fuels, young trees and shrubs planted close to larger trees that could carry a ground fire into the tops of large trees.

  • Minimize Flammable Debris.

  • Keep roofs and rain gutters free of needles, leaves, and other flammable material.

  • Keep firewood and other flammable debris a minimum of 50 feet from the house, preferably on the uphill side.

  • Mow grasses to a height of less than 6 inches within 50 feet of the home.

  • Use Fire Resistant Construction and Landscaping.

  • Wood shake shingle roofs are highly flammable. Convert roof to Class A fire resistant materials such as fiberglass-asphalt, metal and tile.

  • Construct decks and siding with non-combustible materials.

  • Screen openings under decks and attic and foundation vents.

  • Check with local nurseries to learn about fire resistant landscaping.
Call Las Vegas State Forestry at 505-425-7472 for more information.


Defensible Space

Ready, Set, Go! Program

The Ready, Set, Go! Program utilizes firefighters to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas and the wildland-urban-interface (WUI) how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats. Ready, Set, Go! works in complimentary and collaborative fashion with Firewise and other existing wildland fire public education efforts. It amplifies their messages to individuals to better achieve the common goal we all share of fire-adapted communities. Click here for more information.






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