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How You Can Protect Your Home From Wildfires

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 19 July , 2017
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We’ve shared much of this information before, but at this time of year, it’s definitely worth repeating.

Seemingly each summer, wildfires hit California and its residents hard. This year seems to be no different.

In late July, the entire town of Mariposa (population: 2,000) was evacuated because of the threat posed by a raging wildfire that had already destroyed 25,000 acres. The scene was a repeat from early July when thousands more were evacuated in the face of a wildfire in Santa Barbara County.

How do wildfires start?

About 95% of California wildfires are caused by some form of human activity. Once a fire starts, they suck in large amounts of oxygen, creating a change in air pressure and enabling the fire to essentially feed upon itself.

Here are the most common causes of wildfires:

  • Campfires
    Camping and other outdoor activities are wildly popular in our region. However, embers can travel surprisingly long distances, so it’s crucial to make sure any campfire is fully extinguished.
  • Smoking
    Some people smoke while driving, walking or biking but fail to extinguish the cigarette butt before discarding it.
  • Lightning
    Wildfires begun by lightning are common. In most cases, a lightning strike will hit a tree, power cable or rock and produce sparks.
  • Burning Trash
    While it’s permitted to burn refuse or junk in many places, such fires can quickly get out of hand.

How common are wildfires in San Diego?

Because of our low humidity, the legendary Santa Ana winds and dry vegetation, San Diego is usually at a high risk for experiencing wildfires.

The more destructive fires in our city’s history includes:

  • A 14-fire 2014 wildfire season that caused well over $60 million in damages and burned approximately 26,000 acres;
  • A 2008 fire triggered by lightning that destroyed 26 homes and 32 other structures;
  • 50 mph Santa Ana winds stoked a blaze in 1970 that killed five people, burned 180,000 acres and destroyed 382 homes; and
  • An October 2008 fire – again, nursed by Santa Ana winds – killed two people, injured 45 firefighters and caused more than $18 million in damages.

How can I protect my home from wildfires?

The main goal in protecting your home from fire damage is to deprive the fire of fuel. You can help choke off the fuel supply by:

  • Removing all excess brush and small trees from at least 30 feet around structures – this will help in establishing a good barrier;
  • Regularly raking and removing leaves, twigs and other organic material from underneath trees and shrubbery;
  • Selecting landscape plants that are less flammable than others – we can help you with that;
  • Pruning tree branches that are as high as 20 feet above ground on large trees so low fires can’t reach the crown of the trees; and
  • Maintaining a buffer zone on larger lots of low-growing plants about 30 feet from buildings.

Juniper Landscaping Company Can Help Fire-Wise Your Lawn

While our business is making your home as attractive as possible, our overriding concern is for your safety. As we prepare to enter another San Diego fire season, the Juniper Landscaping Company is happy to provide tips for fire-wising your lawn.

Call us at (619) 334-9464.

 

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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