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Whether your home is surrounded by forest or part of a neighborhood, looking for fire hazards before summer gives you time to protect what you own.
Spring is an excellent time to evaluate vegetation around your home for Defensible Space
Zone 1 - Home Ignition
Remove flammable items within 30 feet of your home. Clean leaves and needles from roof, gutters, and around deck. Mow grass early and often. Remove dry brush and move other flammable materials such as garbage cans, firewood piles, brooms, and patio furniture. Clean chimney, install a spark arrestor, and trim branches at least 10 feet away. Clear brush within 15 feet of propane tank.
Zone 2 - Defensible space
Modify vegetation within 100 feet of your home to help firefighters defend your home against wildfire. Remove all dead vegetation and trees. Pull out or cut down seedlings, immature Douglas fir and Bay, and other flammable vegetation. Reduce overall vegetation to eliminate ladder fuels. Break vertical and horizontal continuity of brush and remove lower limbs on trees.
Zone 3 - Wildland Fuel Reduction
The outlying area beyond your defensible space is important to reduce the intensity of a wildfire before it gets to your home. This area should have all dead vegetation removed and generous spacing between brush and trees. Remove all connective and ladder fuels, and the lower limbs on trees to prevent a ground fire from climbing into the trees. Special attention to areas on a slope below the house.
At least YOU can relax! ...because FINE TREE CARE created and maintained your FIRE DEFENSIBLE SPACE!
There are many things you can do to make your home fire-safe while maintaining a beautiful setting in a natural environment.
If your property resembles the one in the foreground, you are well on your way to surviving a wildfire. It helps to maintain 100' of defensible space around your house.
If your home and property resembles the one in the distance, you may want to learn more about this important topic from FINE TREE CARE, your local fire department, CalFire or www.firesafesonoma.org who can provide a homeowners guide for living with fire risk.
Fire can change your life in an instant. Give us a call
Late Summer is about Fire Safety
You and your neighbors create a safe community
Most of the time we think about our own home regarding tree care. How healthy are MY trees? What do I need to get trimmed before winter storms to keep branches from falling on MY house & vehicles?
But when it comes to fire season, the concern is for all of US!
Each home has Fire Zones to be kept clear of flammable materials. In this severe drought, the risk is higher than usual. Raking up dry leaves and needles, cutting dry grass short, removing dead vegetation are part of keeping a clean boundary around your house.
Each neighbor has a responsibility for the welfare of the house next door as well as their own. Any fire that starts at your house is going to jump house to house, and tree to tree, faster than you can imagine.
Consider getting together with your neighbors to create a Disaster Preparedness Plan for earthquakes and fires. This is also an opportunity to talk about defensible fire zones.
Call Fine Tree Care to assess your property, and surrounding area, or fire hazards. Both you and your neighbors will feel more secure as we head into late summer fire season.
Urban Forest Management is as important to Neighborhoods as it is to Forests.
Some neighborhoods have Home-owners Associations in charge of maintaining the surrounding terrain. But many don't, and residents must then rely on one another to individually perform maintenance that determines the overall safety of the neighborhood. This responsibility can cost less in both time and money when neighbors work together. When we come to inspect your trees, let's take a look at the rest of the neighborhood to see what we can achieve.
Fine Tree Care can recover lost views, increase light levels, manage vegetation and improve safety while maintaining aesthetics. Our priorities include preservation of natural values and resources while limiting erosion and eliminating damage to watercourses. We utilize an in-house Arborist and Registered Professional Forester to address sensitive and complex needs. When appropriate we work closely with biologists, geologists, ornithologists, and surveyors, as well as state and local inspectors who review the quality of our work.
Our experienced and dedicated team is ready to work with you and your neighbors to achieve a safe, beautiful and healthy environment where you live.
"Fine Tree Care knows the science of trees. They are very thorough and professional in how they do their work. I liked that they were easy to work with & friendly." ~ Jackie L.