Northern California has had its share of reported wildfires these past few days. We are in need of raindrops to provide relief to parched soil. Couple with this fact, we are in the midst of a heat-wave which has us enduring temperatures hitting the 100+ degree mark with an abundance of dry grass and timber. We are currently vulnerable to even more fires.
It’s likely to be a rough wildfire year! We received less than normal precipitation this past winter. Dry grass is considered the new "California Gold." Our region of the United States often spends summer months concerned about tender box status for wild fires. It is sad to see the devastation and stress these fires place on natural habitat and wildlife.
However, there is protective action homeowners, especially rural homeowners, can make to alleviate some risk to personal safety and property, in the event of wildfires.
California has state law, State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF), in effect which extends defensible space clearance around homes and structures to 100 feet. It has been found that proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of homes surviving a wildfire. This defensible space also provides for more safety for firefighters when they are trying to protect homes during a wildfire.
It is important to note California defensible space policy is much more than policy...It's the law! For a complete list of recommended items to include in an emergency kit, you can visit the "Be Prepared California" website. The site also includes other preparedness information.