Protect Your Home From Wildfires!

Protect Your Home From Wildfires!
May 11, 2011
The risk of structural damage by fire can be reduced by providing a “defensible space.” (See also, Prevent Wildfire Damage to Your Property; Create Defensible Space! in 4/13/11 edition of Life at Ken-Caryl). Such a space consists of an area surrounding a structure where the vegetation has been modified to mitigate the fire hazard and provide an opportunity for firefighters to safely defend a structure in the path of an approaching wildfire.
Defensible space does not require the area to be free of vegetation. Plants are often desirable to protect soils from erosion and provide an aesthetic and ecological balance to the environment.
Vegetation that does not easily ignite should be planted in the defensible space. Trees and shrubs are acceptable as long as they are widely spaced and do not provide a continuous path for a fire to climb from the ground to a tree crown or roof (as a fuel ladder). Proper landscape maintenance can dramatically improve the fire safety of a yard.
On May 14, 2011, in conjunction with Spring Recycling Day, bring the slash and debris you’ve generated from creating defensible space around your property to the Ranch House and drop it off for free! Parks Department staff will be on hand to chip branches and Eagle Waste will have compactor trucks and roll-off containers to accept leaves
and other duff. Also, West Metro Fire Protection District staff will be on hand to provide additional information and answer any questions about creating defensible space.
by Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space Manager Sean Warren

Ken-Caryl Ranch