The image above was the exact one that my mom shared with me while asking for my assistance in preparing her log home and ponderosa pine property in Eastern Washington to better protect against wildfire. It was then that I learned of firewise techniques and Firewise Communities. After helping her, a few neighbors of ours in Western Washington were also interested in learning more and becoming a Firewise Community. The process of preparing your home and property as well as encouraging neighbors serves everyone’s best interests. Learn more through the following links!
“In the Pacific Northwest, fires are a natural part of the changing landscape. As homeowners continue to build in the wildland-urban interface, they must take special precautions to protect their lives, homes, and property. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around your home. This is the area between your home or other structures, where potential fuel (materials or vegetation) have been modified, reduced, or cleared to create a barrier and slow the spread of wildfire toward your home. A defensible space also allows room for firefighters to fight the fire safely. Three critical steps in creating a defensible space include . . .” from Fire-Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes.