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BLM News
FOR RELEASE: Friday, May 4, 2007
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld (775) 289-1842

Wildland Fire Home Protection Tips

Homeowners planning this spring and summer’s home and lawn care efforts are reminded to keep wildfire in mind. Below are some "landscaping tips" from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District.

Keep trees and dense brush at least 30 feet from your home. Remove all dead vegetation from your property.

Trim your trees’ lower branches at the trunk to prevent a ground fire from jumping to the roof. Also trim overhanging branches, and clean the roof and gutters.

Keep flammable materials away from the house and garage, including woodpiles and propane tanks that should be in an area clear of brush and debris.

Install spark arresters on small engines and equipment, and weld only inside a shop-type building or cleared area. Keep fire tools within easy reach when working.

Clearly mark your home’s access routes and make sure that all road signs and your address are readily visible to arriving firefighters or other emergency personnel. Always maintain at least two exits from your home, and plan and routinely practice emergency evacuation routes with family members.

Finally, keep a shovel and adequate supply of water nearby at all times, and call 911 should a fire start.

Society's impact over the years has altered historic fire cycles, leading to a dangerous build-up of vegetation.

The BLM Ely District is committed to a balanced fire program that reduces risks and realizes the benefits of wildland fire. Improving land health and reducing the fire risk to communities requires partnerships among federal and state agencies, tribal governments, local fire departments, landowners and community members.

So this summer, don’t forget to be "fire wise." You can learn more at www.firewise.org.

- BLM -

Last updated: 05-10-2007