Quick Tips for Wildfire Preparedness

Aug 21, 2018
This home has a new, fire-resistant roof and LeafGuard gutters, as well as a green zone and trimmed trees, away from the home.

Create a Defensible Space

California is facing the serious threat of wildfires. Many of these fires are not in remote wilderness, but in areas with population, neighborhoods and rural residential settings.

At Byers, we encourage homeowners to understand the everyday practices that will help keep their homes safe. Of course, having covered gutters, like LeafGuard is important, but even simple steps can make a difference.

The California State Board of Forestry has produced a straightforward guide to creating a defensible space around your home. Did you know that recent changes to Public Resources Code (PRC) 4291 expand the defensible space clearance requirement maintained around buildings and structures from 30 feet to a distance of 100 feet?

This illustration from California Forestry and Cal Fire Guidelines shows optimum planning.

Green is Good

Many resources cite the benefits of even a small green zone between your home and forest or other specimen planting. Whether this is ivy, ground cover or lawn, this area can establish a critical fire break.

Stack it Over There!

It is getting to be the time of year that many people start thinking about their winter wood supply. Placement of a wood pile is another aspect of home protection that requires some consideration. The wood storage area needs to be accessible, but not so close to the home as to invite a nesting ground for insects and rodents or to create a fire hazard.

Establish a place for wood that is at least 30 feet from your home. A few logs on the back porch or deck are all right, provided you plan to use them quickly. If it will take you longer than two weeks to burn those logs stacked up against the house, move them. The longer wood sits up against, or in close proximity to the outside walls of your house, the more opportunities for insects to discover and explore entry points.

When you create or put the wood in a shelter, keep in mind that tarps used to cover wood or outdoor equipment are often highly flammable. Firewood requires some airflow to dry and age properly, so this is a further consideration for safe, usable wood storage.

 

What’s Your Rating?

Did you know that roofing and siding are typically rated for fire resistance? If you do not know the rating of your roof, call Byers and we can help you ascertain the level of fire-resistant rating on your roof.

Roof vents and skylights also can be associated with fire danger. Being certain that these areas are kept clear of debris and are rated to withstand heat are part of fire preparedness.

 

CalFire’s New App

If you have not already, be sure to register for emergency notifications with both CalFire and your local county.

CalFire’s new app, Ready for Wildfire is free and can be found here. Not only does this app include notifications, but a full listing of statewide fire incidents.

Nevada County is offering registration for CodeRed notification here. Check with your County office for special notification services, and be sure to update your locations if you are traveling to stay fire ready.

Byers Roofing, LeafGuard Gutters and Land Clearing can help you get and stay fire-ready. Call Byers at (530) 272-8272.