The 2013 wildfire season has quickly become one to remember, as several large wildfires burn across the west. In light of the ongoing threat, the Klamath National Forest and CAL FIRE have brought together a special team to conduct a two-week campaign in Northern California, reminding residents to act now to protect their homes.
The special team, which includes public affairs officials and education and fire prevention experts, is visiting area communities to make sure local residents have the latest information on defensible space, a proven method to help save a home when wildfire threatens a community. The Defensible Space Team has been working closely with community leaders, area residents and local fire personnel for more than a week. They’ll continue to visit with local communities on the Klamath National Forest now through Labor Day.
A well-maintained landscape of fire resistant plantings, properly pruned trees and shrubs and a well-watered lawn are all essential elements of defensible space. Trees should be limbed 6-8 feet from the ground. Underbrush and tree limbs should be cleared from around homes. Combustible materials should be moved away from propane tanks.
There are other things homeowners can do as well. “Defensible space is more than just maintaining the lawn and wooded areas around the house,” said Klamath National Forest Supervisor, Patty Grantham. “It can be as simple as moving the wood pile from next to the house to the other side of the yard. Cleaning the gutters or preventing debris from building up under porches can make a huge difference in a home’s survivability.”
Area residents living on or near the Klamath National Forest can request more information about this Defensible Space Campaign or a visit from the Defensible Space Team by contacting Ken Sandusky at 530-841-4485. For more information of Defensible Space please visit www.fire.ca.gov.