The National Interagency Fire Center Predictive Services has released its June outlook, and here's what you need to know. During May, much of the US experienced wetter and cooler temperatures, below traditional averages. While we did see some large fires in Alaska, Arizona, and Florida, the number of acres burned was about 1/5 of the average (15,148) and the number of fires was around half (280,661). Moving in to June and the summer months, we can see some areas will pick up in activity as drying and curing of grasses occurs. There is potential for areas such as the Pacific Northwest, California, parts of Arizona, and the Southeast to experience above normal significant wildfire potential
What does this mean for you? While the general outlook doesn't seem as dire as in some recent years, wildfire preparedness is still important. With the abundance of vegetation from the wet spring, taking time to perform annual maintenance around your home and property is critical.
Here are some simple actions in the Home Ignition Zone that can make a big difference:
Home and 0-5 feet from the foundation:
- Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers
- Clear any flammable material away from the base of the home such as mulch, leaves and needles, flammable plants
- Keeps lawns and native grasses mowed to a height of four inches
- Remove ladder fuels (vegetation under trees) so a surface fire cannot reach the crowns
Check out our website for more tips and actions you can take around you home to prepare for wildfires.