FireWise: Creating Defensible Space Around Your HomeReduce the amount of fuels around your home as a fire safety measure.
FireWise Defensible Space and Waste Disposal
First, reduce the total amount of fuel available in the immediate vicinity of your home. This will accomplish two things.
An approaching wildfire will not be as hot and will be less likely to spread to the structure. It will also be easier to defend the structure in the event of a wildfire.
A fire originating in the immediate vicinity of your home will be easier to contain within the immediate area your home.
Second, remove ladder fuels which provide a path for a ground fire to climb from brush or accumulated debris into the tree tops.
When building defensible space around a structure think in terms of zones.
Zone 1: a 30 foot perimeter around structure
Do this first:
Do this second:
Zone 2: determined by slope of land and type of vegetation
The size of the zone 2 defensible space is determined by the kind of natural vegetation and the slope of the land. A steep slope calls for a wider perimeter than a flat area. A grassy area with only a few trees and shrubs calls for a smaller perimeter than an area dominated by shrubs and brush. The following table will help you determine the recommended distance from your structure for zone 2 defense measures.
Zone 2 Defensible Space: Vegetation and Slope Matrix
To determine the slope of land around your home, use the Slope Guide tool below.
The Slope Guide Tool is also available in a higher quality Adobe Acrobat Format: Click Here for Adobe PDF Version
Zone 2 defense measures
Zone 3: the area between zone 2 and your property line
What kinds of waste will you end up with?Dead Wood
What are your disposal options?
Disposal options are ranked according to impact on safety, health and the environment.
Notes on Disposal Options:
1a and 2a refer to options for brush and branches after they have been chipped on site.
Pine needles compost best when they do not make up more than 20% of the total mix in your compost pile.
Outdoor burning is not allowed in some areas, is seasonally restricted in all areas, requires a permit some fire districts and must be attended at all times.
Date of Source Material: 12/21/2005
Source: Klickitat County Solid Waste
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