Publication: Worth magazine
The 2013 wildfire season was the deadliest the U.S. has seen in a decade. A number of factors, including rising temperatures, invasive arid vegetation, and an increasing wildland-urban interface, have contributed to the rise in wildfires, but one thing’s certain: their impact isn’t likely to decrease anytime soon. Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to have your woods and mountains and keep them too.
1. Create a defensible space
Defensible space is the fire-impeding buffer between your home and the surrounding wildland. Steve Quarles, the Senior Scientist at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, recommends breaking defensible space into three zones: a non-combustible zone, which encompasses the first 10 feet around the home, a firebreak zone, 10-30 feet, and a reduced fuel zone, 30-200 feet…