Thursday, April 4 2013, 01:34 PM CDT
Trim the chance of wildfire affecting your home
By Molly Trotter/KTVL.COM
ASHLAND, Ore. -- Wildfire season is around the corner, which means it's time to clean those gutters and trim back plants in your yard.
Ashland Fire and Rescue and Ashland Firewise have prepared some "spring cleaning" steps to make your home safe this wildfire season.
First, keeping your roof and and gutters clean will help keep homes protected from embers that travel in the air from surround wildfires.
"Just because the wildfire isn't near or happening to you, doesn't mean you home is not at risk from embers traveling through the air," said Chris Chambers, the Forest Division Chief with Ashland Fire.
Second, is keeping mulch and other growing debris off the siding of your home.
"Having a home with wood siding makes it more prone to get debris growing on the surface. In this kind of climate, it is not an uncommon thing to see, but when you do notice it, remove it immediately, so if a fire strikes, the fire doesn't have that debris to attach to causing further damage," Chambers said.
The third step to spring cleaning around the outside of your home is trimming tree branches and vegetation around the outside of your home.
"Keeping plants and trees trimmed back and away from your home will not only help keep your yard looking neat, but if a fire was to spark and spread to the surrounding vegetation, it would put your home at less of a risk if you have trimmed properly," Chambers said.
One of the shrubs that are not a threat in case of a fire are rhododendrons and one of the shrubs that is dangerous in case of a fire are arborvitaes.
Lastly, cleaning up debris around the yard and heating vents is important to keep your home safe from wildfire spreading to the foundation of your house.
For more information about cleaning up up for wildfire season, visit http://ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2825