Central Oregon summers are known for being hot and dry, and while they are beautiful and enjoyable, we are in wildfire territory. If you are a homeowner, there are things you can do to your yard to help prevent the spread, if one breaks out near your home. 

Rake- Regularly rake any pine needles, leaves, and other brush that is built up on the ground. You can rake into big piles that you can burn during the burning season, which is late fall through early spring. If you are raking throughout the summer, think about covering the piles until you are able to burn.

Tree Limbs- Tree limbs should be pruned 6-10 feet from ground to prevent smaller flames from catching fire and extending upward. You can have your local tree cutting company help you with this. 

Home Ignition Zones- There are different zones around your house and yard that will need different maintenance accordingly. Click HERE to see zones, and what you can do to help save your home and property in the case of a wildfire. ( https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire/Preparing-homes-for-wildfire )

Remove Vegetation- If you have a lot of dry vegetation, think about either spraying with weed killer every spring to kill and prevent growth, or think about replacing yard with a flame-resistant bark and plants, or rocks with flame resistant plants.

Educate Neighbors- Getting your whole neighborhood on board with wildfire maintenance can make a huge difference to saving your whole neighborhood.

Water Regularly- Water yard well every other day during the summer, and if you have a large yard and don’t have a sprinkler system set up throughout, think about getting one installed to keep grounds wet, or at least in case of a fire emergency. Keeping yard wet can prevent the fire from even touching your property and saving your home.

Have a Plan- Have a list of things you need to grab in case of a fire, and you need to evacuate. Only grab valuables first, and if there’s time, get other items. Have a plan with the family, and neighbors if possible. Know your evacuation route in your area, and listen to local officials if they are telling you to leave, and where to go next.

We hope this has given you some tips to help prevent fires here in Central Oregon.

Stay Safe,
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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