Rural residents ready properties in time for fire season

Posted at: 05/01/2013 9:16 PM
Updated at: 05/01/2013 10:19 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With fire season already here, some residents in the rural areas are still getting their properties ready.

Experts say when they drive through the neighborhoods in the East mountains and see a lot of properties that are not ready for fire season.
George Duda is one of those experts from the Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District.  He walks through the properties where homeowners have requested an assessment, and measures how dense the trees are.
He also gives the homeowners tips on prepping the rest of the property, like clearing out rain gutters and under the deck. Duda says it's not a matter of if a fire will happen, it's when.
"Fire happens, lightning or human caused. But we're interested in changing the behavior of fire by reducing fuel," Duda said. "The more fuel we have, the more aggressive and dangerous fires can be to a point where firefighters can't even get near them to put them out."
Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District has a program funded through grant money that pays for half of the cost of thinning out trees on your property if you get it assessed.