Steps to help protect your home: Creating a Defensible Space
Defensible space is the required space between a structure and the wildland area that, under normal conditions, creates a sufficient buffer to slow or halt the spread of wildfire to a structure. It protects the home from igniting due to direct flame or radiant heat. Defensible space is essential for structure survivability during wildfire conditions.
- Remove all dead or dying vegetation.
- Trim tree canopies regularly to keep their branches a minimum of 10 feet from structures and other trees.
- Remove dry leaf litter (dry leaves/pine needles) from yard, roof and rain gutters.
- Relocate woodpiles or other combustibles at least 30 feet away from home.
- Remove combustible material and vegetation from around and under decks.
- Remove or prune vegetation near windows.
- Remove “ladder fuels” (low-level vegetation that allows the fire to spread from the ground to the tree canopy).
- Create a separation from low-level vegetation and tree branches. This can be done by reducing the height of low-level vegetation and/or trimming tree branches.
Click HERE to download a comprehensive defense plan from the Texas Forest Service
Source: Texas Forest Service