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Posted on: July 22, 2022

Wildfire Risk Reduction Tips

Tips on Preventing Wildfires

The traditional warm, dry summer weather has returned to North Bend. As the weather continues to warm and land dries out, brush fire risk increases. There are simple, low-cost changes you can make around your home and yard to increase wildfire safety.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Tips:

  • ONLY start a campfire or bonfire in an appropriate fire pit, cleared of all vegetation and ringed by stones; CHECK local burn bans to ensure campfires are allowed; NEVER leave it unattended; DON’T use a fire pit on a windy day; ALWAYS make sure your recreational fire is completely doused with water and smothered with dirt when done.
  • DON’T park a hot car or other machines in dry grass.
  • SPARK arrestors are required for tractors, off-road vehicles and equipment being used in wooded areas, such as chainsaws.
  • DISPOSE of cigarette/cigar butts and used matches in a closed container or cup of water; NEVER throw butts out car windows; KEEP lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  • FOLLOW all fireworks laws and safety protocols, including keep a bucket of water nearby and NEVER let kids use them unsupervised.
  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath.
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home.
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry.
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.
  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first 5 feet of the home.
  • KEEP your lawn maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees.
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 30 feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.

More information can be found at  https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Firewise-USA

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