Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Patrick Mahoney, with the Florida Forest Service, credited the Firewise construction and landscaping work a Charlotte County, FL homeowner implemented with helping their home survive a wildfire on May 10, during a 23-acre brush fire.
The work that Mahoney cited for playing a role in keeping the home safe included:
- Installing rock under the home's foundation
- Metal roof free of debris
- Clean gutters
- Well-maintained landscaping that incorporated Firewise guidelines
The fire threatened two homes and the FL Highway Patrol reported it shut down I-75 for several hours.