http://ww.firewise.org/http://ww.firewise.org/http://ww.firewise.org/ The recent fire in the small town of Eckley, in the state’s northeastern plains, highlights the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across Colorado. The lack of snowfall, coupled with higher-than-normal temperatures and high winds, lead experts to predict that Colorado’s wildfire season will be active and potentially dangerous.
Many local residents have already taken steps to reduce their wildfire risk in this wildfire season. 35 Colorado communities have participated for several years as Firewise Communities. A list of all Colorado Firewise-recognized sites can be found on the Firewise website.
A great reminder following this Colorado wildfire is that wildfire doesn’t have to burn everything in its path. In fact, cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping are important first steps. Below are a few additional actions you can take to reduce the risk of your home and property becoming fuel for a wildfire:
- Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
- Create a “fire-free” area within five feet of the home, using non-flammable landscaping materials such as rocks, pavers and/or high-moisture content annuals and perennials.
- Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house.