Fall is done with. All the leaves are down that are coming down. Spring is here and new growth is coming. Time to look with your "Firewise, Burnie eyes" and decide how things look around your house and on your property.
Think home hardening, fire coming. Are dead leaves covering parts of the roof? Stuck in the rain gutters? Underfoot next to the house? Under (and on) the deck? Smothering the yard? Time to clean them up and get them out of the way. Clear the way for the inevitable - the mowing and whacking that starts soon. Then - just keep going, - cut back the bushes and trees. Got a tree close by? Cut the tree limbs back from the house. As for trees and bushes further out (up to 100 feet away), remove limbs up to 10 feet from the ground, and get some spacing between bushes, and bushes and trees. Take out the volunteer saplings crowding the trees. And don't forget the driveway. 10 feet clearance to either side and 15 feet overhead allows our first responders and emergency vehicles to get to the house. If at all possible, get a friend to help you look things over to see what you might have missed. They might even give a hand taking care of it. the small, easily missed things sometimes end up being the most important.
The triple catastrophes of the Creek fire north of us over by Shaver Lake and the Castle Fire just South of us over the hill from Three Rivers, added to the Camp Fire up in Paradise are fair warning. Let's get going so we are not the fourth on the list. Hopefully our insurance companies will be impressed that we are a step ahead of the danger of fire.
Fires to read about as we move into wildfire season:
Rough Fire: click here
Camp Fire: click here
Creek Fire: click here
To view the proposed Pinehurst fuel break,