Wildfire season is fast approaching, are you prepared for it? We have started a FireSmart program with the Town of Creston, visiting homeowner's who live in areas close to the densely forested landscape to provide information on steps that can be taken to protect their homes from wildfire. We are not helpless in the face of disaster, but action must be taken before it is at our doorstep.
Lots of information regarding wildfire and homeowner protection is available. Much of it is provided on the FireSmart Canada website, click the following link to find out more:https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
Questions or more info contact Kelsey Syfchuck
Also, check out these informative videos!
Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions
Your Home Can Survive a Wildfire
Below is a link to the updated FireSmart Homeowner's Manual:
FireSmart Homeowner's Manual
Some interesting facts as to why deciduous trees (having leaves) are great asset when it comes to protecting your home from wildfire and how they act as a fire-retardant.
- Act as a shield against the extreme radiant heat generated by the approaching fire – thus protecting windows from shattering (creates an opening for embers to enter the home) and materials from melting, such as vinyl siding.
- A large tree can help trap burning material so that it does not contact the home.
- The stored moisture in the leaves helps to suppress the fire’s energy so that the temperatures that reach the home are not as intense.
Remember that coniferous trees (having needles) tend to be a detriment to have near the home as the resins in them are highly flammable. If you do have a favorite needle tree in the yard, make sure you have taken the following steps to make it less likely to ignite.
- Prune branches to a height of 2 meters off the ground.
- Remove any branches that directly contact the home.
- Ensure that it is well spaced from surrounding coniferous trees (a minimum of 3 meters) ie) there is no direct contact from it to the forest where fire could easily reach it.
- Remove any buildup of dead, dry needles.
The exception to this rule are Western larch trees, which are a needle tree, but they do have a low flammability rating.