Do I Have Enough Defensible Space to Protect My Home From Wildfires in Lane County?
In Lane County, August is a hot and dry month, and wildfires can threaten properties and homes. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams witness firsthand the difference have defensible space cleared around a house can make.
Residents must be proactive and do everything possible to minimize the potential for wildfires. Here are some tips from the Lane County Oregon website for creating a defensible space around your home:
Defensible space practices include:
- Increasing the moisture content of vegetation
- Decreasing the amount of flammable vegetation
- Shortening plant height
- Altering the arrangement of plants
The defensible space around your home should be a 100-foot radius from any structure. The National Fire Protection Association suggests choosing fire-resistant building materials to limit the amount of flammable vegetation in three home ignition zones.
- Trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck
- Prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet from the ground
- Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes
- Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches o to 5 feet around the house
- Keep your landscape in good condition
Call Us Today!
When you have a fire damage emergency, Lane County residents and businesses can rely on our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams to restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 541-799-0090.
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