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Don't Fuel the Fire, Homeowner Safety Tips

Posted at: 08/15/2014 11:47 AM
By: Tree Care Industry Association

Winthrop, Washington wildfire
Winthrop, Washington wildfire
Photo: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East and South, where suburb meets country, or housing development meets conservation land.

Homeowners can protect their properties in two ways:

  1. Design and maintain a landscape that discourages fires
  2. Build with flame-resistant materials

"Fires need fuel, such as dead trees, shrubs and grasses," Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) said in a press release. "While no landscape is fireproof, there are steps you can take to reduce the danger."

TCIA offers these tips for your landscape to combat wildfires:

"As a general rule, the healthier the tree, the more likely it is to survive a fire," explains Andersen. "In addition to pruning, a professional arborist can recommend fertilization, soil management, disease treatment or pest control measures to promote healthy trees. Landscape design and maintenance are also important factors in a home's survival."

An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the "Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies" program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on www.treecaretips.org.