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Wildfires can Cost You, Your Home and Your Life

This is a subject that I have written on before and many of you may have read about it.   Not too far from where I live there are two major wildfires, both have destroyed structures.  Some of these structures have belonged to preppers.

As I watch the wild fires in Idaho and other states, I am sure that the same has happened there.  Now imagine what these fires would be like after TEOTWAWKI without fire suppression.  The fires would be bigger and totally out of control.  If you live in an area that is likely to have wildfires, make your plans now. …

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How to Protect Yourself From Wildland Fires.

Every year about this time, I write an article on the dangers of Wildland fires.  My hope is that people pay attention to it and make their homes fire safe.  However, every year I then go to homes where I know the owners have read my posts and see that they have made no real effort to make them fire safe.  A common statement I hear is that the fire department says that I meet code.

That may be correct, in California that means you have a defensible space of 100 feet around your home.  A hundred feet sounds like a lot, but remember, that this distance is based on the fire department responding with fire trucks and planes. …

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The Dangers of Wildfires

As I hear about all the fires in the news, I am concern about how many people do not have a good understanding of the dangers of wildfire.  I have spent many years in the fire service and have fought Wildland fires.

I see people building retreats in remote areas without taking the terrain and fire load into consideration.  Houses build on ridgelines and hills need larger firebreaks surrounding them.  Remember heat rises and fires that are coming uphill will be faster and hotter.  This causes more preheating.  Current fire suppression methods have prevented fires in many areas for long periods of time. …

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Wildland Fire Prevention

With the advent of summer now is a good time to take a look around your yard and make sure you are fire safe.  I have spent many years in the fire service and have some understanding of Wildland fires.

The first thing is to make sure that your yard meets local fire codes.  In California that means you have a defensible space of 100 feet around your home.  A hundred feet sounds like a lot, but consider the number of homes that are destroyed by wild fires in California every year.   Also remember, that this is with fire suppression efforts, including fire trucks and planes. …

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