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Here’s proof: Firewise saved this home

Friday, September 14, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

firewise saved home from wildfireA homeowner on rural Lookout Mountain – ground zero for last month’s Taylor Bridge wildfire – credits Firewise precautions for his home being unharmed. 

The flames burned within 300 feet of his home but encountered a firebreak, void of fuel. (Brian Myrick photo, Daily Record) The state Department of Natural Resources had assessed the man’s property last fall and recommended Firewise precautions: first, assess a 30-foot area around the home. Remove fallen branches and pine needles, relocate stacked firewood away from structures, address flammable building materials, keep lawns mowed, and rethink the landscaping if it includes flammable growth like juniper and conifers. Then expand the assessment to a 100-foot radius around the home.

It’s smart to remove branches of all trees within 15 to 20 feet of the ground. Some Firewise advisors say you should remove altogether any fir and pine trees tall enough to fall on your home. With this week’s new lightning fires in Eastern Washington, these tips remain relevant and timely. Read the Ellensburg Daily Record article.

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