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Old 04-18-2007, 11:14 AM
 
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The pixs are showing way to much undergrowth. You could do a controlled burn at some time in the future, doesn't sound like that is an option now. With only that much land, you can do some hand clearing. Get rid of all of the lower branches.

As Ellie is saying have a better cleared area around the house. Some ability to do a good soaking of the house and surrounding area if a fire is in the area. There is just way to much tinder materials down low. A fire could come just roaring in.

Like most things something that has to be done well in advance of the actual event. In the right conditions with everything dry that type woods is prime material to burn. Especially those leaves in super dry conditions, all lite and fluffy.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Boonies of Georgia ~~~~ nuttier than a squirrel turd !
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The pixs are showing way to much undergrowth. You could do a controlled burn at some time in the future, doesn't sound like that is an option now. With only that much land, you can do some hand clearing. Get rid of all of the lower branches.

As Ellie is saying have a better cleared area around the house. Some ability to do a good soaking of the house and surrounding area if a fire is in the area. There is just way to much tinder materials down low. A fire could come just roaring in.

Like most things something that has to be done well in advance of the actual event. In the right conditions with everything dry that type woods is prime material to burn. Especially those leaves in super dry conditions, all lite and fluffy.
Thanks All,
These picturse were taken before we started cleaning up. We have since raked alot of leaves. We removed all the low growing stuff around the home, as we are putting up a fence for the dogs and would like them to have grass. We have not had the option of a control burn since we closed on the property. We did rake and pile the leaves on the furthest acre from the home. Although, I am not sure if the "pile" was such a good idea now.
There is a clearing around the home, and to my surprise, I found green grass under all those leaves. I started cleaning the yard and watering the day after we closed(12 days ago).
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Old 04-19-2007, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Helena, MT
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Hi, I live in a high forest fire area and my family was evacuated a few years ago due to forest fires. In Montana, summer consists of June, July,and Smoke (August). Several times in the last few years, all public land including National Forests, were closed in my area due to the potential for fire danger. I know how stressful fire season can be.

Take everyone's advice on creating a defensible space around your home, whether your yard is exactly what you wanted it to look like or not. Your home's safety is more important than having lots of trees right up to your door. Also, don't keep flammables like fuel oil drums stored right up against your home.

Be careful with BBQs. The fire that wiped out much of my neighborhood (not our house) started with charcoal embers that were a day old that a guy thought were "dead." The wind whipped them back to life and started a huge forest fire.
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