We seem to be experiencing more and more devastating wildfires each year.  Although it is often out of our control to prevent the start of a wildfire, are there ways we can help to control one and hinder its spreading? A way of doing this is “defensible space” but, what is it?

 

If you are a property owner, you can do much to prepare your home and land so as to hinder a wildfire from spreading.  This would involve clearing your property of combustible materials.  It would also involve reducing large amounts of foliage etc. from the home’s surroundings, anything that would provide added fuel for a fire. While this may seem simple enough, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to defensible space.

 

Constant maintenance is required for this to be effective at controlling a wildfire.  Have a regular check of the property to determine if there are areas that could easily fuel a fire as well as areas that would weaken one are important steps to take.

 

Something else to keep in mind is the job of the fire department.  Could they easily access your property with all the equipment they bring?  By keeping in mind defensible space, this will enable the fire department to do their job more effectively making it more likely your property would be saved.  Another thing to keep in mind is if you have a body of water on your property, is it very easy to get to? If not, you might want to think about clearing a way to enable easy access to this water source that will be so valuable in the event of a wildfire.

 

As we can see, there are ways of preparing our property to assist in preventing the spread of wildfires.  However, before you take this task on, consult the local authorities overseeing your locality as there are different regulations in place regarding defensible space depending on the area.  Keep in mind, also, that you don’t want to disrupt any wildlife.