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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