How to Protect Your Home from a Wildfire

If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, you need to take steps in order to protect your home and family. There are certain things that you can do that will make your home a less likely target of a wildfire.


First, you want to keep the area around your home clean. This is something that you want to pay close attention to during mid summer when there is a lot of vegetation. In addition to keeping the area around your home clean in order to make it less likely that a wildfire would spread to your home, you also want to make sure that your address can be easily read. If you have to call the fire department, you want to make sure that they will easily be able to identify the numbers on your home. When the firefighters come with all of their equipment, including their self-contained breathing apparatus and SCBA storage containers, you want them to know exactly where to go.

It is a good idea to look closely at your driveway. Make sure that it is at least 12 feet wide, with no vegetation or other things growing onto the driveway. Branches and other vegetation should be cut in order to allow plenty of space for vehicles to pull in and out and to lessen the likelihood that a wildfire could spread to your home. If it is possible, try to create an area in the driveway where vehicles can turn around, especially if the driveway is more than 150 feet long.

Examine the trees in the area. It is a good idea to understand which trees are more flammable than others. For example, if you see that the trees surrounding your home are predominantly evergreens, you should know that these are highly flammable. Depending on your situation, you may be able to remove these trees and replace them with less flammable trees. At least make sure that there is a 10 foot minimum space between the trees and your home. This will prevent the fire from jumping through the crowns to the home.

If there is a pile for firewood, make sure that it is not placed directly by the home. This would simply be inviting the wildfire to catch your home on fire. Make sure that it is placed away from your home in order to prevent sparks from wildfires affecting the firewood pile and eventually your home.