With last year's fire season ranking as one of the worst on record, fire safety is increasingly on the top of our minds. Now is a terrific time to put those thoughts to action.
Being fire-wise is a matter of both planning and practice.
Plan: Plan and visually post information on your evacuation plan, your water access and pumps for emergency water use, who your local responder is, and your calendar for maintaining a fire-safe property.
Maintaining an actual 100' of defensible space around structures; keep barns and sheds fire safe by properly maintain and housing light fixtures, extension cords, fuels containers, oily rags, hay stacks, wooden palette piles, etc.; create shaded fuel breaks in wooded areas; practice regular fuel reduction management through your woods and fields; mow only when it is cool out; design any property improvements with first responder access in mind, and more.