The Montana Division of Disaster and Emergency
Services has a few suggestions for making your home more fire
- Remove natural fuels
such as dry grass, brush and trees, from within 100 feet of your
- Lop off dead branches over the roof of
a house and within 10 feet of a chimney.
- Move firewood piles away from all structures.
- Prune the branches of taller trees to six
feet above the ground so that a ground fire cannot climb into the
crown of the trees.
- No matter how
attractive they look, never cover a roof with wooden cedar
shingles. Fiery brands and ash often precede a wildfire and can
ignite a wooden roof miles from the main fire.
- Enclose the underside of porches and decks to
keep fire from creeping under the house.
- Clearly mark all water sources on your property so
firefighters can easily get to them.
- Be aware that firefighters may avoid homes where the
driveway provides no turnaround for fire engines, homes on roads
with light bridges that won't carry heavy, water-laden trucks, and
homes at the heads of forested draws.
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