Defensible space

Before and after photos show how defensible space planning can improve your safety in case of wildfire.

Weaverville Fire Department is still offering low-cost or free assistance for defensible space preparation through the grant-funded Title III Hazard Reduction Program. Prepare for fire season and help keep your firefighters and yourself safe. Defensible space preparation also protects communities.

Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs or forested area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire — either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

Creating defensible space may involve clearing or trimming bushes, trees, all dead brush and deep leaves or pine needles to 100 feet from a structure. It may also involve cleaning roofs and gutters of branches and tree litter so a floating spark does not ignite.

Weaverville Fire has grant funding to assist homeowners in the Weaverville, Lewiston, Junction City and Douglas City areas to create and maintain defensible space around their homes and structures. The program targets the elderly, disabled and low-income, but anyone can participate. Participation is completely voluntary. After the work has been completed, you will be sent an invoice detailing the time involved and cost. If you choose to pay for the service, any funds collected will be placed back within the program to continue services.

For more information or to schedule a free wildfire property assessment, call the Weaverville Fire Department at 623-6156.

Please let your friends and neighbors know about the program, especially anyone needing help with defensible space preparation. The Weaverville Fire Department Hazard Reduction Program is also seeking a dump trailer to use for hazard reduction services.

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