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Douglass Ranch Extinguisher

Vol. 1, Issue 6. May/June 2023

Spring is here!

In an effort to help keep everyone informed and educated, the Firewise Committee thought the focus in this issue would be the reduction of fire hazards around the exterior of your home.

Every Spring I cannot wait to get in my yard and garden! I have to control myself to wait until the last official frost date of June 15th. There are things that can be done to prepare your landscaping prior to that date.

Did you know you can have a fire-resistant garden?! I have information on this topic which not only is fascinating but quite pertinent. I plan to focus on this topic in the coming days ahead, providing tips and information on a weekly to biweekly basis.

To be a Firewise homeowner, plan well, plant well and maintain well.

The first step is vegetation management.

Vegetation management is the means of controlling plant materials for the prevention of fire spread such as thinning out heavy brush, removing dead and dying plants like grass, pine needles, dead leaves and other type fuels, and trimming or removing tress that could contribute to a fire's spread. Here's a little review, on Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) which takes into account both the potential of your home or structure to ignite and the quality of the defensible space surrounding it.