What is Mitigation?
Fire Mitigation is when you remove the fuels around your home or business by creating a defensible space. This helps to minimize the threat and impact that a fire poses. If a wildfire approaches your home or commercial property it will be less likely to spread to the structure and makes it easier for firefighters to do their job and defend your structure.
A defensible space is the area around your home that fuels and vegetation are cleared or reduced to help slow the spread of wildfire. Dimensions of the defensible space is usually the 100 feet around the structure but will vary depending on the topography and vegetation.
Things you can do to be proactive in creating a defensible space around your home are listed below by zone area.
Zone 1: This is the 30 feet that extends from buildings, structures, decks, etc...
* Trim tree branches inside the defensible space so that tree limbs are 10-15 feet above the ground.
* Clean gutters and roof so they are free of leaves and any debris.
* Trim trees that hang over the structure or come within 15 feet of chimneys.
* Stack Firewood at least 30 feet away from any structure. (Zone2)
* Remove trees that are weak, dead or overcrowded trees inside the defensible space.
* Remove potential ladder fuels from beneath trees. This is any vegetation that will help the wildfire spread from the ground to the treetops.
* Keep grass and weeds mowed around your home or business.
* Remove any dead bushes, plants or vegetation.
Zone 2: Varies depending on the topography of the yard
This is an area of fuel reduction that will help reduce the intensity of a fire that may be approaching your home or structure.
When working to fire mitigate in Zone 2 you have to remember that the distance will increase as the slope increases.
* All ladder fuels in Zone 2 should be removed from underneath trees and within 10 foot of any tree.
* Trimming branches from trees to make sure they are 10 feet above the ground.
* Gambel Oak (Oak Brush) should be removed within 50 foot of any structure.
* Mowing dry grass and weeds in this area.
* Removal of any dead, stressed or diseased trees or shrubs.
*Thinning trees so that the crown separation is at least 10 feet. Measuring the crown separation is from the furthest branch of one tree to the next closest branch on another tree. Groups of 2-3 trees or bushes may be left if at least a 10 foot separation remains between the group and other trees.
When working with trees on a slope or hill, leaving a wider distance for crown separation is recommended.
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