The vegetation planted between homes can be a readily ignitable fuel during a wildfire and significantly increase the probability of nearby structures catching on fire. No matter their species, use recommended maintenance guidelines to keep all plants healthy, lean, clean, and green around your home to give them the best chance to resist embers and heat.Highly flammable plants like Leyland cypress, arborvitae, junipers, Italian cypress, or bamboo should not be used for privacy screening. They can ignite easily, burn intensely, and quickly spread fire to your home, accessory structures, or your neighbors structures. When burning, highly flammable plants emit lots of ember and amplify the radiant heat around them, creating dangerous fires between structures. Many homes in Ashland have only 6 to 20-feet between them. What's between your home and your neighbors?
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