Earlier this week, a suspected arson-caused wildfire burned nearly 1000 acres in the woods near the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in north-central Ukraine. Entire villages, abandoned after the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown disaster, were consumed in this week’s wildfire.
While the woods or open space behind your home are probably safe from dormant radioactive fallout and disaster exclusion zones, it’s important to remember that fires can threaten the natural areas on your property and cast embers if overgrown. Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, does a very good job explaining these “fire brands” and their risks to homes.
You can also learn easy steps you can take in the space 100+ feet from your home. NFPA calls this “Zone 3” of the Home Ignition Zone and offers guidance.
This is NOT clear cutting, but keeping this area "park-like" with trees limbed up to protect them from ground fires and ensuring healthy natural spacing between trees to protect them from crown fires.
And, if there is another home within 100+ feet our your home, its a good reason to talk to you neighbor about being Firewise!
Photo credit: BBC.com/news 28 April 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32502393