We’ve all seen the heart-wrenching images on TV: lives and property destroyed by wildland fire. And, this fire season, with over eight million acres burned, we are seeing these images more frequently.
Being Fire Wise can mean the difference between a charred foundation where your home once stood or being the image on TV of the house still standing after a wall of fire swept through the community. Often destruction or preservation can depend upon the landscape design. The Fire Wise protected home will help it, your landscape and your community resist wildfire.
Even though the 2015 wildfire season is nearing its end, there still is the possibility of catastrophic wildfires in many parts of the Western U.S. through early November. If you have not already done so, now is a good time to take steps to reduce wildland fire risks to your property. Here are some suggestions:
The Forest Service, Federal fire managers and crews continue to work closely with states and communities to protect residents, property and natural resources, however, homeowners still need to do their part.
By taking simple fire prevention steps, you will not only protect yourself and your family, but also the firefighters who put their lives at risk to fight wildfires. Fire is everyone’s fight.