Several years ago I was working in my home office when I saw a wall of fire blazing across my neighbors field… headed straight for my house. My wife called the fire department while I started soaking the wooden porches on the fire side of the house. The response of the local fire department was astounding, as within 5 minutes we had 4 fire trucks surrounding the 2 acre blaze. I lost several trees and all my plastic yard irrigation melted, but I still felt lucky.
After the fire was out I asked our local fire chief what were his recommendation on fire prevention around the house. Here are just a few items on his check list.
1. Always have good hoses with a good hose nozzle attached.
2. Create and maintain a clearance around your house
3. Cut weeds and dry grass before 10 a.m. when humidity is higher
4. Follow proper guidelines for burning debris
In addition to fire chief Gary’s advice I would encourage all rural residents to check their local Department Of Natural Resources and see what your state recommends for proper fire safety outside the home.
Here is a great link to Washington State Department of Natural Resources