Now is the Time to Prep Your Home for Fire Season

Fire season is nearing again and ODF says now is the time to prepare your property. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett shows you some ways firefighters say could save your home if a fire strikes near it.

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Apr. 4, 2018 6:51 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore.- Fire season is nearing again and the Oregon Department of Forestry says now is the time to prepare your property.

Fire brands, or embers, can ignite natural and man-made debris during a wildfire. Maintain a fuel free space around the house, wood

piles, propane tanks and outbuildings. Keep decks clear of things than can burn. Screen the underside of decks and remove anything that can catch fire.

The circle of safety around your home starts from the foundation and works its way out into three distinct zones, known as the Home Ignition Zone.

Zone 1: Keep it Lean, Clean and Green - extends from the home out 30 feet. Keep this area Lean, Clean and Green. Water plants, trees, shrubs and mulch regularly. Only use fire resistant plants and provide proper spacing to reduce plant to plant ignition.

Zone 2: The Fire Break - extends an additional 70 feet out from Zone 1, or 100 feet from the house perimeter. Use low growing fire resistant plants and break up continuous vegetation that could lead a fire to your house. Highly flammable trees should be limbed up well above the ground...preventing any ground fire from climbing into the crowns and spreading overhead directly to the roof.

Zone 3: The First Line of Defense - extends beyond the 100 foot circle of Zone 2. This area may have small and large trees with a
significant amount of brush and other fuels. Trees in this area may need thinning. 

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