Chadron – As warmer weather approaches, fire officials say now is the time to take steps to make your home Firewise.
"Most of the techniques to increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire can be accomplished with a weekend of work," said Brian Daunt, Acting Fire Management Officer for the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands.
"Tree thinning on and around your property, using construction materials on your home that are fire-resistant or noncombustible, and clearing dead wood and dense vegetation at least 30 feet from your home are a few low-costs ways that you can help protect your property.," said Daunt.
"Now is the time to take action, not when smoke is in the air," he said.
The Firewise Communities Program works to recognize and motivate communities to take action to protect their homes and natural surroundings from catastrophic fire by creating or improving survivable space.
By applying Firewise practices, homeowners can take action to reduce the risk of losing their homes and property to wildfires without fire department intervention.
A few tips are listed below for homeowners to reduce risks to their homes and property. More information can be found on the Firewise website www.firewise.org.
"Preparedness is important, and if dry conditions persist, the potential exists for an active fire season to start early and continue late through the summer," said Daunt.