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Brush Fire Season is Upon Us Again

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With the recent bad brush fire seasons, it is more important than ever to create a landscape around your home that is less vulnerable to fire. This is most important for homes surrounded by vegetation or in remote areas.

Here are a few tips to help protect your home:

• Keep Space - Have a minimum of 25 to 30 ft. of space surrounding your home that is free of flammable materials

• Cut Back - Prune shrubs and cut back tree branches, especially within 15 ft. of your chimney

• Remove Fuel - Remove dead plant materials from around your home including dead leaves, stacked firewood and dry grass

• The Right Plantings - Plant fire-resistant vegetation that is healthy and green throughout the year

• Prune Trees - Prune low tree branches – so the minimum height is 6 to 8 feet from the ground

• Keep it Clear - Keep your roof and gutters free of leaves and pine straw

• Mow - Keep your lawn mowed regularly and dispose of cuttings and debris promptly

• Make Way - Make sure your driveway is at least 14 ft. wide to help accommodate firefighting apparatus

• Your Roof - Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.

• Storage - Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.

You may also want to visit the website http://www.firewise.org/ which as a great deal of information on fire prevention and community programs to help prevent fires.