The wildland-urban interface, or WUI, is any area where man-made improvements are built close to, or within, natural terrain and flammable vegetation, and where high potential for wildland fire exists. The communities of Genesee, Genesee Village and Chimney Creek, characterized by steep rolling terrain including stands of ponderosa pine with grass understory and grassy meadows between denser stands of mixed conifer on north and west facing slopes is a classic WUI area. We love the natural beauty of Genesee but we need to be aware of the wildfire risk and do our part to mitigate the risk. The links below offer a wealth of information on what you can do to protect your home and your community from wildfire.
Steps You Can Take
Studies have shown that firebrands and embers ignite most structures, not by the main fire front. The little things and details can determine if your home survives a wildfire or not. There are a number of steps you can take today to help protect your home (adapted from www.ready.gov/wildfires):
- Rake leaves, dead limbs and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.
- Keep your gutters clean.
- Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures.
- Thin a 15-foot space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 6-8 feet of the ground.
- Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
- Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
- Remove vines from the walls of the home.
- Mow grass regularly.
- Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue. Place a screen over the grill – use nonflammable material with mesh no coarser than one-quarter inch.
- Store gasoline, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from the base of buildings.
- Stack firewood at least 30 feet away and uphill from your home. Clear combustible material within 20 feet. Use only wood-burning devices evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Review your homeowner’s insurance policy and also prepare/update a list of your home’s contents.
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