Protecting your home from wildfires.

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As you can see, this is a frightening year for wildfires out west. 
If any of you have lost homes, loved ones or have spent time being displaced by evacuations I hope your life resumes to as near as normal, as soon as possible.
To the Firefighters...you rock! THANK YOU!!

There have been many homes lost in the Colorado Wildfires, but some were remarkably untouched. Now is the time to keep your home safe... 
Create a Defensible Space:  
The image is self explanatory. Add to that:
  • Keep 100' of garden hose attached to your spigot.
  • Make sure your home address is clearly marked and driveway access clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Be aware that some vegetation release resin that easily ignites. Conifers are more flammable because they have oils and pitch. Deciduous (lose their leaves when dormant) plants & trees are more fire resistant, because they have a higher moisture content. See Firewise Landscaping & Plant Lists:  http://www.firewise.org/Information/Research-and-Guidance/Firewise-Landscaping-and-Plant-Lists.aspx
  • Follow all backyard BBQ safety measures. Have an extinguisher, hose and shovel handy. Be sure charcoal and even a gas grill is out and cold before retiring for the evening. 
  • If extra holiday guests may have anyone parking on the lawn, be sure the vehicle is cold & the grass is watered.
  • Know that in extreme drought conditions, an ember can travel a mile and 1/2 and have a 65% chance or starting a fire:(

Please respect any fire bans & Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July! 
glwrks posted Jul 01, 2012
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MdavidK30
Very good post. Thanks.
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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glwrks
Thank you;) I edited a lot out...it was my first "page" and didn't want too much information. My son's former professors and colleagues lost homes in the top image...the Waldo Fire in Colorado Springs. As a student he helped create a map for emergency response for that area.
I think we take for granted that in case of emergency we can call and someone will find our address. That's not always the case, as in some areas the maps are nonexistent or out of date.
glwrks (rep: 120k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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encorez
We need rain, only like 2in. this summer.....
encorez (rep: 9.96k) posted Jul 02, 2012
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