Here is a classic example of how Owner Mitigation + Firefighter Hard Work = Success.
Though the official fire season may be winding down in the next few months, finger crossed, preparation to ensure that your home is fire ready and fire safe is an ongoing task that is best accomplished in the wet and cooler weather.
This dramatic photo of a home spared during a raging fire in Colorado shows that the importance of defensible space and hardening your home can not be overstated.
Property owners are encourage to do this work during the cooler, and hopefully wetter months, and not wait until the use of power tools and debris burning poses a danger. Several fires in our area this summer were caused by people using equipment to clear their property during hot, dry weather, and those types of fires are totally preventable.
Everything you need to know about hardening your home against wildfire is available on several comprehensive websites. Don’t wait until next summer to start doing the work.
People from Firewise Madera County, the Mariposa Fire Safe Council and Cal Fire are available to assist you in evaluating and planning to protect your home and property from wildfire. County organizations will also help your community organize, and become a Firewise Community.
Check the websites for more information, and start now planning for next year’s fire season. As the Mariposa Fire Safe Council reminds everyone, “Preparation must begin long before smoke appears on the horizon.”
Do the work in the winter for peace of mind in the summer.
(Photo: Inciweb. Beaver Creek Fire that has burned nearly 38,000 acres near Walden, Colo.)