As California citizens, we know that wildfires can devastate our state, resulting in a significant loss of life and property. That’s why fire abatement is a necessary practice that must be maintained yearly to protect areas at the most risk.
Wildfires can destroy entire homes and communities if they spread unexpectedly. Risk analysis, followed by preventative measures to remove sources of fuel around your home and property, is an important aspect of fire abatement. The goal is to reduce the risk of spreading wildfire in wildland-urban areas. As a California homeowner, you can play an important role in controlling wildfires and potentially save surrounding homes and lives. That’s why Westcoast Tree Experts would like to provide you with the following information about our Chico tree care and fire abatement services.
Basics of Fire Abatement
Trees and vegetation around your home are potential fuel for a wildfire. Removing and maintaining these elements is essential to controlling the spread of wildfire to protect your home and property. Doing so creates a defensible space that makes it easier for emergency service crews to combat the blaze. This is well understood in California, which has experienced some of the most devastating wildfires in recorded history.
Dry or dead vegetation can create a fire ladder that can easily spread to elevated areas like your trees. This highly flammable vegetation presents a significant risk in the event of a wildfire. That’s why it’s important to consider what potential fuel sources you have on your property. The only defense your home has against a blazing inferno is the creation of a barrier that gives firefighters a better chance of fighting the fire.
The barrier between your property and a wildfire is known as a defensible space zone. This concept involves removing potential fuel from the path of a fire. In doing so, you create a buffer that can halt the spread of fire to your home. This is an important step to fire-proofing your home.
Fire abatement involves the practice of proactively creating a defensible space zone around your home. The reduction of vegetation, which can be potential wildfire fuel, plays an important role in this process. Fire abatement may require tree pruning of low hanging branches no less than 10 feet up from the ground and no less than 30 feet from your home. The removal of any dead or dried-out foliage is just as important. Deadwood removal and selective tree removal are also necessary to reduce the risk of wildfire. This, in turn, will significantly reduce the risk of spreading wildfire. Although you may not be required to take these steps, it is highly recommended to protect your home and property.
Chico Tree Care
At Westcoast Tree Experts, we are committed to helping residents of Chico, California, and surrounding areas create a defensible space zone around your home. We offer comprehensive fire abatement services that allow us to individually assess your specific needs. Our fire abatement services are designed to remove hazardous fuels that create a pathway to fire to spread to your property. Our ISA certified arborist will take steps to significantly reduce any potential threats to your vulnerable structures.
If you are concerned about the potential risk of wildfire, contact us today by filling out our online form or give us a call at 1.800.767.8733 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We are here to support you and help reduce the risk of a wildfire that can put the lives of you and your loved ones at risk.