Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East and South, where suburb meets country, or housing development meets conservation land.
Homeowners can protect their properties in two ways:
• Design and maintain a landscape that discourages fires
• Build with flame-resistant materials
“Fires need fuel, such as dead trees, shrubs and grasses,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “While no landscape is fireproof, there are steps you can take to reduce the danger.”
TCIA offers also offers this landscape tip to combat wildfires:
• Reduce the amount of potential fuel around your home. Provide enough tree-free space between your home and the undeveloped land to help ensure that your home can survive without firefighters.