In Wyoming, our lack of summertime rain makes for very dry conditions. When the grass and weeds get dry enough, it takes very little to ignite a wildfire. It could be a cigarette that is thrown out the window, chains from trailers dragging and sparking, an unmanned fire from a camp fire, or a bolt of lightning. Any one of the these scenarios can set a wildfire, and when it’s dry, it is hard to get the fire under control.
There are a few things that can be done to help save properties from a wildfire.
Within 30 Feet -
- Clear combustible materials like pine needles, branches, and dead leaves.
- Cut down any tree limbs that are at least 15 feet from the ground. This will help prevent the spread to your property line.
- Keep any kind of vegetation off your building.
- Place flammable lawn furniture in storage when not in use.
- Use gravel instead of wood chips. Try to avoid using flammable décor.
Within 30-100 Feet -
- Cover pathways or driveways with gravel or rock. They are good materials for a “fuel break”. You want fuel breaks on your property, as they will help stop the spread of the fire.
- Cut branches that are 8 feet or closer to the ground
- Get rid of combustible vegetation
Within 100-200 Feet -
- This is where if you can store firewood or scrap wood.
- Still clear combustible vegetation
- When planting trees, keep them far apart so the branches don’t touch.
If you run into a situation that you have a fire or smoke damage from a wildfire, call SERVPRO of Casper. We will provide a free walk-through assessment on your house.