Wildfire is coming.
ARE YOU READY???
It’s never been more important to keep on top of preparing your family, home and property for a wildfire. Fires are on the rise, and are burning hotter, faster and more unpredictably than ever before. Download the app to:
- Get custom wildfire alerts
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- Get detailed action steps
The following are recommendations set forth by Soboba Fire Department to ensure a fire safe home.
HARDENING YOUR HOME- Preparing your home for a wildfire
Flying embers can destroy homes up to a mile ahead of a wildfire. Prepare (harden) your home now before a fire starts.
Priority list for building or remodeling with ignition-resistant* materials:
- Roof (Above all else your roofing is the most important hardening feature)
- Eaves and Soffits
- Patio Cover
- Fencing Other priority activities:
- Vents: Cover and protect all openings
- Windows: Protect against blow-outs and install dual paned windows
- Rain Gutters: Screen or enclose
- Chimney: Cover outlets with non-combustible screens
- Garage: Have an accessible fire extinguisher
- Driveways: Ensure access to your home complies with local fire codes
- Water Supply: Get multiple garden hoses that are long enough to reach all areas of your home
* Visit ReadyforWildfire.org/ hardening-your-home for detailed information on ignition-resistant building materials and all home hardening activities
ZONE 1 – Within 30’ of the structure
- Remove all branches within 10’ of chimney or stove pipe
- Remove all leaves, needles, or other vegetation on roofs, gutters, decks, porches, etc.
- Remove all dead and dying trees, branches and shrubs or other plants adjacent to or overhanging buildings
- Remove all dead and dying grass, plants, shrubs, trees, branches, leaves, weeds and needles
- Remove or separate live flammable ground cover and shrubs
- Remove flammable vegetation and items that could catch fire which are adjacent to or below combustible decks, balconies, and stairs
- Relocate exposed wood piles outside of Zone1 unless completely covered in a fire resistive material
ZONE 2- Within 100’ of the structure
- Cut annual grasses and forbs to a maximum of 4 inches in height
- Remove fuels in accordance with the Fuel Separation or Continuous Tree Canopy guidelines
- All exposed woodpiles must have a minimum of ten feet (10 feet) clearance, down to bare mineral soil, in all directions
- Dead and dying woody surface fuels and aerial fuels shall be removed. Loose surface litter, normally consisting of fallen leaves or needles, twigs, bark, cones, and small branches, shall be permitted to a maximum depth of three inches
- Logs or stumps embedded in the soil must be removed or isolated from other vegetation
- Outbuildings and Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) storage tanks shall have ten feet (10 ft.) of clearance to bare mineral soil and no flammable vegetation for an additional ten feet (10 ft.) around their exterior
- Address numbers shall be displayed in contrasting colors (4” min. size) and readable from the street or access road
- Equip chimney or stovepipe openings with a metal screen having openings between 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch