Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time to think about next year

While the days grow wetter and cooler it is a perfect time to prepare for wildfire.


We were VERY LUCKY again this year that we didn’t have fires get out of control. Much thanks goes to the first responders who stamped out fires while they were small. Thanks also that we didn’t have much lightning during the highest fire danger. We got lucky for the second year in a row. Most areas of La Plata County have received some good wetting rains over the last few weeks and fire danger has been reduced for the moment. We aren’t out of the woods yet. This area often sees a drying period in the fall between the end of monsoons and when the snow makes it to the mid and lower elevations where we live.


Look at your yard and landscape from the perspective of a wildfire: radiant heat, direct heat, blowing embers, creeping ground fires. Think of what it will take for your house to survive a fire without someone there to defend it. Do some of the work now to prepare for the next fire season.


You need to do as much as you can to protect your home from wildfire because when the day comes that the fire is in your neighborhood, the responders have to choose what to do for the greater good. That may not include saving every house along the way. The longer your home can stand on its own, the better chance it has.


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