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It is important to keep your natural landscape full of moisture during wildfire season. Well-watered vegetation will help stave off any igniting embers better than dried grass, trees, and plants. Keep your vegetation full of a moisture with an irrigation system. Automatic sprinkler systems will keep your plants well hydrated and will ensure your landscape won’t dry out during wildfire season.
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Limiting the number of flammable plants, trees, and shrubs around your home will increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire. While there is no such thing as fire-proof plants, certain plants can resist embers more than others. Choose plants that are high in moisture and grow close to the ground, and try to avoid planting anything that is high in oils, resins, and sap.
- French Lavender
- Maple Trees
- Hedging Roses
- Poplar Trees
Tip: Use fire-resistant mulch made with decomposed granite or rock.
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To help reduce ember ignition, which causes the fire to spread, it is important to remove any dead matter, like leaves, dead trees, or pines, from your landscape, gutters, porches, patios, and rooflines. These items are dry and encourage flames to spread.
Remember to remove any dead vegetation and debris from under your deck, porch, and between deck board joints.
Tip: Store compost 30 feet away from your property.
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Make sure to store wood-based benches and patio furniture inside your home and away from the flames, along with any cushions, outdoor decorations, potted plants, and mats. Never store flammable materials underneath your deck.
Using non-flammable materials in your landscape or on the exterior of your home is a good way to prevent any embers from igniting.
Depending on the size of your property, it is a good idea to create a fire-resistant zone around your home, starting at three ft. then outward to 30 ft. This zone is perfect for any hardscaping materials.
Non-flammable hardscaping materials:
- Paver stones
- Wrought wire fences
- Patio stones
It is best to use patio furniture that is made of metal or plastic rather than wood or wicker. Plastic and metal won’t ignite if they come in contact with embers.
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Areas like your roof and windows should also be made of flame-resistant material. Use fire-resistant siding like brick, plaster, or stucco to seal your windows, and consider dual-pane tempered glass windows. Look for fire-resistant shingles for your roof. Shingles that are flame-retardant include:
Tip: Make sure your roof vent cover is made with materials that won’t easily burn or melt.
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Before returning to your home, make sure to listen to local law enforcement to find out if the area is safe to return to. Take caution of the surrounding area, there may be heat pockets that can cause severe burns or ignite another fire.
These tools will help you with your clean-up and recovery process. Always remember to wear the proper safety gear when operating power tools.
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