Use This Good Weather to Create Defensible Space for the Upcoming Fire Season, Urges Letter to the Editor
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Dear editor,This lovely balmy springlike weather is the perfect time to be creating and maintaining the fire-safe space around your house and outbuildings. The Southern Humboldt Fire Safe Council urges you to fine tune your defensible space–five feet around the house cleared of anything that can burn, 30 feet out “lean and green,” with lower limbs removed from well-spaced trees and shrubs. You should have 100 feet radius of “defensible space,” pruned up and free of ground litter. (Alternately, if you don’t own that 100 feet, create a fire-safe space to your boundary, and get your neighbor on board!) For us, all this means fighting fire with fire–piling and burning the fuel that would carry flames up into the canopy, fuel that could light the house on fire. I actually love this process! Burning our big piles, I think, with glee, “my mommy would never let me do this!” And the results are so spectacularly beautiful.
You don’t need a CALFIRE permit until May 1, and you can get your Air Quality permit online: http://www.ncuaqmd.org/
And what about fire preparation in your neighborhood? To check in with what other neighborhoods are doing, get inspiration and information, questions answered, come to this Thursday’s Fire Safe Council meeting on Zoom at 5PM. You can email me for the Zoom link or the telephone call-in information: [email protected]
Be safe, be well!
Southern Humboldt Fire Safe Council Interim Chairperson