Wildfires: Wildfire - Knowing Your Risks
Material provided by Federal Alliance for Safe Homes http://www.flash.org/
Determine your wildfire risk profile using the following steps:
Generally, Low Risk Conditions Exist If There Is:
- Bare ground, improved pasture or widely spaced grassy clumps or plants.
- Moist forest, mostly leafy or large trees.
- Few plants growing low to the ground.
- Oak leaves or other broad leaves covering the ground.
Moderate Risk Areas Include:
- Thick continuous grasses, weeds or shrubs.
- Continuous thin layer of pine needles and scattered pine trees.
- Scattered palmettos or shrubs up to 3 feet tall separated by patches of grass or sand.
- A clear view into or across the undeveloped area.
High to Extreme Risk Areas Include:
- A thick bed of pine needles and many pine trees.
- Continuous palmettos, shrubs or sawgrass more than 3 feet tall.
- Vines and small to medium trees or palms beneath taller pine trees.
- Impenetrable shrubs or young pines.
- No clear view into the undeveloped area because of dense growth.
If risk profile is low to moderate a minimum of 30 feet of defensible space must be established around your home. If your wildfire risk is high or extreme, defensible space should be increased up to 100 feet and the use of more fire resistive building materials should be considered.