Taylor Fire Department – America’s Finest!
Protect your property from wildland fire.
As more people choose to build homes, operate businesses and recreate in areas where wild lands border more urban areas, the threat to private property from Wildland fire increases. Creating “defensible” or “survivable” space around structures can make the difference between returning to an intact home or a smoldering pile of ashes if a wildfire moves through the area.
Neither Wildland firefighting agencies nor local fire departments can adequately protect the growing number of structures in interface areas. It is critical that private landowners take steps on their own to protect their property. The Taylor Fire Department has available to local residents’ resources to assist property owners, including a number of Web sites with excellent information, evacuation procedures, etc. We know you will find these links very useful and informative
Contact the Taylor Fire Department for information on making your residence or place of business fire “survivable” for this upcoming fire season.
Listed below also are several measures that will, when completed, provide you with a safer environment during wild fire season.
#1. Keep a clearing of at least 30 feet around your house (Survivable space).
#2. Space the trees you plant carefully.
#3. Remove “ladder fuels” which are fuels that link the grasses to the treetops.
#4. Create “fuel break” – – – driveways, gravel walkways, or lawns.
#5. Maintain your irrigation system regularly.
#6. Prune tree limbs so the lowest is between 6–10 feet from the ground.
#7. Remove leaf clutter from your roof and yard.
#8. Mow and weed regularly (a must in our area).
#9. Remove dead or overhanging branches.
#10. Store firewood away from your house.
#11. Refuel garden equipment carefully.
#12. Maintain garden equipment regularly.
#13. If you smoke, use your ashtray.
#14. Store and use flammable liquids properly.
#15. Dispose of cuttings and debris promptly.
#16. Observe local regulations regarding vegetative clearances and fire safety equipment requirements
#17. Check your generator and/or hose to be sure it is in good repair.
#18. Don’t keep combustible materials under decks or elevated porches.
#19. Make trellises of non-flammable metal.
#20. Have at least two ground-level doors as safety exits.
#21. Keep at least two means of escape (either a door/window) in each room.
#22. Mark your driveway and access roads clearly.
#23. Keep ample turnaround space near your house for fire equipment.
#24. Prevent sparks from entering your house by covering vents with wire mesh no larger than 1/8″.
#25. When possible, use construction materials that are fire-resistant or non-combustible.
The diagram is useful in helping you to make your home more fire survivable.
1) Remove dead or overhanging branches. During the windy conditions that exist during a wildland fire, flames,sparks and embers could travel from the tree to the roof of this structure.
2) Remove leaf accumulation from your yard. Leaf accumulation provides fuel for a wildland fire.
3) Remove leaf clutter from your roof and gutters. During a wildland fire, leaves on the roof and/or in the gutters could be ignited by flying embers.
4) Remove tall, dry grasses. Tall, dry grasses provide a path for fire that can lead directly to a house.
5) Remove “ladder fuels”. Prune tree limbs so the lowest is between 6′ – 10′ from the ground. Fire burning through tall, dry grass could ignite these limbs and climb to the top of the tree with relative ease.
6) Check your generator and/or hose to be sure it is in good repair. Refuel garden equipment carefully. Yard equipment needs annual maintenance and proper fueling. Hoses develop leaks and deteriorate with age and exposure. During wildland fire season, fuel your lawn mower properly –away from dry, flammable grasses.
7) Prune bushes and shrubs regularly. Remove excess growth as well as dead leaves and branches to decrease their flammability, and the threat they could pose during a wildland fire. Dispose of cuttings and debris promptly.
Sources: Arizona State Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and Firewise Communities
Remember that depending on the type of vegetation, topography and hazardous fuels. Reduction may need to be extended several hundred feet from your home. If you have any questions regarding wild land fire safety, please contact the Taylor Fire Dept at 536-7900.