FireSmart – How To Protect Your Home From Wildfire
Bruce County Emergency Management would like to remind property owners in Bruce County that wildfires are a natural part of our wildland ecosystems and that there are preventative measures that can be taken on your property to limit damage and protect lives.
FireSmart Canada recommends making smart yard choices for your plants, shrubs, grass, and mulch. Selecting fire resistant plants and materials can increase the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire. Ensure there is a 1.5 metre horizontal non-combustible surface perimeter along the outer walls of your primary structure or house.
For landscaping within 10 metres of your structures, plant a low density of fire-resistant plants and shrubs. Avoid having any woody debris, including mulch, as it provides potential places for fires to start.
Fire resistant plants will have moist, supple leaves, water-like sap with little odor, low amounts of sap or resin material, and will accumulate minimal dead vegetation.
Highly flammable plants will contain resin or oils, will have aromatic leaves or needles and loose papery or flaky bark, and will accumulate fine, dry, dead material. Plants to avoid within 10 metres of your structures include cedar, juniper, pine, tall grass, and spruce.
Please remember that a mowed lawn is a fire-resistant lawn. Grasses shorter than 10 centimetres in height are less likely to burn intensely.
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