Did you know that wildfires can be slowed down by creating a defensible space?

According to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, on average of 1,500 wildfires damage or destroy 7,000 acres of New Jersey’s forests each year.

Here are some tips on what you can do around your property to prevent fires from spreading.

  • Create 100 feet of defensible space around your property.
  • Clean your roof and gutters of leaves and debris regularly.
  • More firewood piles and propane tanks away from structures.
  • Space and maintain fire-resistant plants and shrubs to prevent fire from spreading.
  • Prune or remove trees; Keep trees spaced and lined up to 10 feet to reduce fire spread.
  • Clean your property of any loose trash.
  • Keep grass and weeds cut low.
  • Keep address signs visible!

Fires can happen any time of the year. Late Spring into Summer is usually a concern as temperatures rise and we see a lack of rainfall. Fall can also be problematic due to a series of weather fronts, bringing windy conditions.

Resources

New Jersey Forest Fire Service

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