The 2015 fire in Northwest Corvallis showed that you don't have to live in the countryside to be affected by wildfire. Keeping a defensible space around your home is important no matter where you live. Check out these resources below:
Year-Long Tips for Home and Landscape
You can make your home and its surroundings safer from wildfire by using these tips.
- Keep your lawn and landscape healthy by mowing regularly, watering and removing any dead or decayed plants.
- Prune trees so the lowest limbs are 6-10 feet from the ground. Remove dead or overhanging branches.
- Remove leaf clutter and pine needles from gutters, under your deck and around your home.
- Create a "fire free" area within five feet of your home, using nonflammable landscaping materials and low-growing, high moisture plants around your home.
- Consider using Class-A asphalt roof shingles, clay tile, or slate roofing materials.
- Enclose eaves and bird stops to keep out firebrands.
- Keep firewood piles, propane tanks and other flammable items at least 30 feet away from your home, deck, or porch.
When a Wildfire Threatens...
Here are some important tasks you can do when a wildfire is imminent.
- Be sure gutters, roof, and valleys are clear of leaves and dead branches.
- Remove combustible materials - lawn furniture, doormats, garden accessories and tarps, etc. from decks and around the house.
- Close attic, basement, outside & pet doors, vents and windows.
- Remove flammable drapes from windows; close shutters and blinds.
- Connect garden hose and fill large containers with water inside and outside.
- Wet down vegetation within 30 feet of home.
- Leave doors and windows unlocked; disconnect garage door opener for firefighter access.
- Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies at the source.
- Evacuate early with valuable papers.