Wildfire season is here!
We make our homes in the beautiful forest, and hot weather teamed with dry conditions and high winds are priming us for another significant wildfire season.
Here are some tips to help get your home ready for wildfire season:
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks to reduce chances of embers igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch and within 10 feet of the house.
- Screen or box-in areas under your deck of porch to prevent debris and combustible material from accumulating.
- Remove flammable materials (firewood sacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home, foundation or outbuildings.
- Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so lowest branches are 6-10 feet from the ground.
- Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained.
- Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Repair or replace loose or missing shingles to prevent ember penetration.
- Cover exterior attic vents with mesh wire to prevent sparks from entering your home.
- Enclose under-eave and soffit vents/screens with mesh to prevent ember entry.
Please contact Rockyview County or the Townsite of Redwood Meadows for more information about getting a FireSmart Assessment done on your property.