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FireWise Tips

Ashland FireWise

Ashland FireWise provides property owners with simple and easy steps to help reduce a home’s wildfire risk by preparing ahead of a wildfire. 


 
  • Clean your roof/gutters of leaves and needles at the beginning of fire season. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Clear the view of your house number so it can be easily seen from the street.
  • Circle the 1st Saturday in May on your calendar as the target date to be Firewise around your home.
  • Prune all tree branches overhanging your house, especially conifers and cypress.
  • Prune back all tree branches within 10 feet of your chimney.
  • Prune lower branches of trees 6-10 feet off the ground within 30 feet of the home, especially conifers and cypress.
  • Create a fuel free zone 0-5 feet from all structures with no combustible materials.
  • Cut back trees & shrubs from the shoulder of driveways.
  • Familiarize yourself with Ashland’s Weed Abatement Ordinance, found at www.ashland.or.us/weedabatement. Circle June 15th on your calendar.
  • Clear away dead wood and dense flammable vegetation within your defensible space zone.
  • Remove any stored wood and/or flammable materials from underneath decks and balconies.
  • Relocate woodpiles at least 30 feet from structures.
  • Clear away flammable vegetation within 10 feet of woodpiles.
  • Dispose of accumulated trimmings before fire season.
  • Talk to your neighbors and create a larger defensible space together.
  • Discuss and plan an escape and evacuation route with your family.​​
    • Know your wildfire evacuation route.
    • Have practice drills. Include all family members and pets.
  • Check fire extinguishers. Are they charged? Accessible? Does everyone know where they are kept and how to use them?
  • Get involved with community mitigation efforts like CERT.
  • Talk to children about fire safety

 

Want more information? Visit www.ashlandfirewise.org
 

Be aware of Ashland’s Wildfire Hotline (541-552-2490), 1700 AM radio broadcasts and www.ashland.or.us for wildfire information

Contact Ashland Fire & Rescue for a free Firewise Assessment of your home or property:
Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator: 541-552-2231


 

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