How To Protect Your Home From Wildland Fire pt 2





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Published on Jul 5, 2012

Part 2 of this video will cover tools and techniques responsible property owners can use to defend their home and property from wildland fires. Here is the link to part 1 of this video series http://youtu.be/JVKmqjIXvxU

Create & maintain additional fuel breaks like openings, trails & roads with turnouts & turnarounds. Try to create & maintain a 30 ft. "lean, green & clean" zone around all buildings. Keep highly flammable trees & shrubs away, so needles & leaves won't accumulate on buildings & so flaming trees wouldn't radiate excessive heat to structures. Keep any trees in this zone pruned of dead branches or 1/2 to 2/3 of their height & spaced 10-20 ft.+ apart from the outside drip line to another. Work toward excluding the more flammable, pitch containing conifers away from buildings. Keep firewood away from buildings. Maintain a watered green lawn/ unburnable surface as much possible in this 30 ft. zone around buildings.

In the next 150 ft. beyond the 1st zone & also 105 ft. in from the outer edge of the forested land perimeter reduce crown fire spread by thinning trees out to 10-20 ft. between outer drip lines. Reduce ladder fuels by also pruning trees dead branches off or up to 1/2 to 2/3 of tree heights; cut out most brush & excess seedlings & keep most herbaceous plants low. Pile or chip slash & debris (burn piles Nov.- mid March, when the area's wet by rain or snow). Keep fires out of punky old partly underground old logs & stumps. Keep fire trails & roads open with good turn-arounds or passing spots. Try to develop extra water storage for fire fighting purposes.

Reduce insect & root damage by cutting live trees or branches mid Aug- Jan 1, when the sap's down. Otherwise, we will paint the cuts where live stumps or branches were. Immediately cut slash up for firewood/chip/pile under black plastic to deter bugs. Favor/plant more fire & insect resistant species. Seek species diversity. Install nest boxes for insect-eaters. Treating root disease by pulling /pushing over stumps to expose them to the sun, planting resistant species of trees & sprinkle Borax on the outside cambium layer around a freshly cut infected stumps.

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