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The 2015 fire in Northwest Corvallis showed that you don't have to live in the countryside to be affected by wildfire. Keeping a defensible space around your home is important no matter where you live. Check out these resources below:


Year-Long Tips for Home and Landscape

You can make your home and its surroundings safer from wildfire by using these tips.

  • Keep your lawn and landscape healthy by mowing regularly, watering and removing any dead or decayed plants.
  • Prune trees so the lowest limbs are 6-10 feet from the ground. Remove dead or overhanging branches.
  • Remove leaf clutter and pine needles from gutters, under your deck and around your home.
  • Create a "fire free" area within five feet of your home, using nonflammable landscaping materials and low-growing, high moisture plants around your home.
  • Consider using Class-A asphalt roof shingles, clay tile, or slate roofing materials.
  • Enclose eaves and bird stops to keep out firebrands.
  • Keep firewood piles, propane tanks and other flammable items at least 30 feet away from your home, deck, or porch. 

When a Wildfire Threatens...

Here are some important tasks you can do when a wildfire is imminent.

  • Be sure gutters, roof, and valleys are clear of leaves and dead branches.
  • Remove combustible materials - lawn furniture, doormats, garden accessories and tarps, etc. from decks and around the house.
  • Close attic, basement, outside & pet doors, vents and windows.
  • Remove flammable drapes from windows; close shutters and blinds.
  • Connect garden hose and fill large containers with water inside and outside.
  • Wet down vegetation within 30 feet of home.
  • Leave doors and windows unlocked; disconnect garage door opener for firefighter access.
  • Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies at the source.
  • Evacuate early with valuable papers.


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