Help Prevent Forrest Fires (It’s Easy)

Wildfires or forest fires constantly burn up beautiful forests in different parts of the world. It is very saddening to watch beautiful land turn barren after such fires have tampered with the fertility of an area. However, wildfires not only destroy forests but also lead to the displacement of people whose homes are around, or within the forests. Therefore, to ensure that your forest area and cabin are safe during forest fires, below are tips that will guide you.

 

Ensuring Your Forest is Safe and Healthy

Practicing good forestry initiatives can help you save your cabin, as well as save your forest in a wildfire. In unmanaged forests, wildfires burn away the trees almost down to the ground. After the occurrence of such a fire, very little is left of the affected area. Depending on the type of trees that were present, it could take many years before other trees can grow in that land.

Therefore, below are some excellent forestry pointers covering the practices that you should put to action for safety purposes.

 

    • Clear out all debris and waste materials on the ground.

 

As dirt grows into weeds, you need to ensure that the area around the trees is clean, leaving the least possible vegetation matter. Ensure that bushes are appropriately spaced apart. By doing this, there will be very little on the ground to spread a fire.

 

    • The trees need to be thinned out.

 

Most times, unmanaged forests tend to have narrow tree spacing. Therefore, you could cut down a few trees to ensure that they are well spaced out. However, the spacing between trees varies depending on the age and type of trees. To attain the best results, as you distance the spaces between the trees, ensure that you maintain a good canopy above you.

 

It is important to note that cutting down trees can be a dangerous activity, especially without the necessary skills required to carry out the task. To avoid any injuries and damages, you should consider hiring a logging company to cut down the trees. Make sure that your logging initiative is responsibly done as you need to ensure that the trees are not cleared up.

 

    • The tree limbs nearest to the ground should be trimmed.

 

It is advisable to get rid of all the limbs that are within a third of the height of the tree, or 10-15 feet from ground level. This activity keeps small fires to the ground, preventing them from spreading upwards. In the case of a forest fire, the fire remains at the top of the trees, preventing its spread downwards; thus ensuring that your property is secure.

 

Measuring the height of the trees should not bother you as there are devices to carry out this job. On Amazon, you will find different devices that will be helpful, depending on the number of trees to be measured and trimmed.

 

The Space around Your Cabin

 

If most of your property is, especially, made of wood, it is not possible to keep your property completely safe from wildfires. However, the following guidelines will help you clear up the area around your cabin to improve the safety of your home in case of the spread of a wildfire in your area.

 

    • The first 5 feet around your cabin should be clear from any materials that are susceptible to fire. Your pile of wood should be more than 10 feet away from your cabin.

 

    • For gas cans or propane tanks, ensure that they are more than 5 feet away from the cabin

 

    • Ensure that the next 30 feet consist of materials that do not easily burn. You can have trees, but the branches need to be trimmed to at least a third of the height of the trees. In this space, the grass should be mowed and watered.

 

    • As we do not want to leave this space completely clear, it is advisable to plant fire-resistant shrubs and grass that can proliferate in your area. This is important as it also minimizes the rate of weed growth.

 

    • Over 30 feet from your cabin, practice the proper forestry principles to keep your property safe from forest fires.

 

 

The Right Cabin Building Materials

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, certain building materials will keep your cabin safe from forest fires. Below is a summary of the recommended materials for different areas.

 

    • Roofing Materials

 

    • Your roof should be built using Class A fire-rated materials such as asphalt shingles.

 

    • Constantly clear all settled materials such as leaves, pine needles, sticks, and other debris from the roof and eavestroughs of your cabin.

 

    • Get rid of any tree branches that tend to hang over the roof of your cabin.

 

 

 

    • 2. Decks

 

    • The area under your deck should be free from any combustible materials.

 

    • Make it a habit to clear out the debris that accumulates between deck boards, as well as between the house and the deck. This is because the debris, which is often made up of materials such as needles, weeds, leaves, twigs, and pine, has a higher tendency of catching fire as compared to the decking material.

 

    • If you plan to build a new deck, ensure that you get fire retardant decking materials.

 

 

 

    • 3. Attic and Crawl Space Vents

 

Most of the cabins with a crawl space will have vents on the sides. This helps in proper ventilation and airflow in the crawl space. Additionally, you need to have vents going out the roof to facilitate adequate air flow in the cabin. However, these vents are susceptible to hot embers which can originate from a wildfire, right into the attic or crawl space. Therefore, it is important to follow the directives below to keep your house safe.

 

    • Install mesh screening on your vents.

 

    • It is advisable to use vents that have a turbine on them as they can also contribute to keeping embers away from your cabin.

 

Conclusion

Many safety measures can be taken to protect your cabin, as well as forest, from the massive destruction that is caused by wildfires. If the stated forestry practices are implemented accordingly, it is possible to save your forest and cabin from forest fires. Therefore, ensure that you prioritize the area around your cabin, working your way towards the forest area as you carry out the necessary practices in each section.

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