Wednesday, February 28, 2024

How to Reduce Grass & Wildfires Around Your Home and Property

It’s no secret that a lack of rain this season has made for extremely dry conditions and elevated fire danger, but there are steps you can take to help reduce the threat of fire around your home or property.

Take a look at these pictures taken on a recent drive through the northern section of the City with Southlake Fire Department’s Battalion Chief Trey Porter. You can see a lot of dry leaves, brush and trees branches that overhang and overlap onto other trees making conditions ripe for a wildfire that could easily spread from tree to tree and into nearby neighborhoods.

The Army Corp of Engineers has several hundred acres of land that back up to Lake Grapevine. The area is thick and overgrown. “Residents who live near these heavily wooded areas should take some proactive measures to help reduce the threat of fire from reaching their home or property. Some simple preparations now can make a big difference in protecting their property,” said Battalion Chief Porter.

Embers and small flames are one of the main ways homes ignite during wildfires because they can become airborne and be carried more than a mile by the wind. Homeowners can help prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize embers or flames from reaching their homes.

Here are some important measures you can take now to help protect your home and property.

  • Keep trees, bushes and brush near your home trimmed and cut back to reduce the overhang of limbs.
  • Clean and clear roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers.
  • Keep your lawn mowed to a height of four inches.
  • Keep your lawn watered, especially around your home.
  • Remove any dead plants, brush or trees.
  • Keep any combustibles away from the house.
  • Stack firewood 100 feet away from the home.
  • Keep your gas grill at least 15 feet from the house.

“As you can see from these pictures, it wouldn’t take much for a grass or wildfire to start so being proactive is the best defense,” Porter adds. The Southlake Fire Department wants homeowners, especially in high-risk areas, to be prepared to help keep their families and property safe. For more information about the threat of fire danger check out the department’s Fire Danger webpage.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the fire department at (817) 748-8106.

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