While 2020 has made it seem like the entire world is figuratively on fire, there are currently parts of our state that are literally on fire. If you live in a wooded area, there are some practical steps you can take to help reduce the risk of losing everything to a wildfire.

For example, FEMA recommends thinning out the vegetation on your property around the house, including a 30-foot safety zone. This safety zone is created by removing vines from your home, pruning branches and shrubs within 15 feet of chimneys, removing tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground, and replacing flammable vegetation with less-combustible species.

In addition, it’s recommended to create a second safety zone at least 100 feet around the house, reducing or replacing as much flammable vegetation as possible. If you live on a hill, you may need to extend it even further, since fires travel uphill very quickly.

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