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Preventing Fire Damage

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Not all fire is bad. Prescribed burning is a land treatment, used under controlled conditions, to accomplish natural resource management objectives. It is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk. Its use reduces the potential for destructive wildfires and thus maintains long-term air quality. For more information, visit https://goodfires.org/.

Plan ahead. Before a wildfire threatens your area…

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    Create a defensible space in the area within 200 feet of your home through reducing the amount of flammable vegetation and material and increasing the water content of what remains.

  • Remove leaves from gutters, eaves, porches and decks.
  • Clear away dead plant material within 10 feet of the house.
  • Remove branches that are 10 feet or less from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn well watered and in good health. If it is brown, mow it close to the ground to reduce fuel for wildfire.
  • Dispose of debris and lawn cuttings quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Learn more at www.firewise.org.

Prevent new fires by eliminating potential ignition sources. Do not burn leaves.


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Photo of Dr. Lucy BradleyDr. Lucy BradleyExtension Urban Horticulture Specialist (919) 513-2001 lucy_bradley@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
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