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A fire engine protects a home during the Cherokee East Complex


Protecting Homes and Property Before Wildfire Strikes

The most important way to protect a house or building from wildfire impacts is to eliminate debris and reduce nearby fuels (vegetation and materials that burn easily).


Year-round Maintenance and Cleanup Should Include:
  1. Remove dead or dying vegetation
  2. Prune trees and bushes often
  3. Mow the lawn regularly and dispose of cuttings and debris promptly
  4. Grow plants that are free of resins, oils and waxes
  5. Water plants, trees and mulch regularly
  6. Reduce tree and plant density
  7. Store firewood and propane tanks away from the house
  8. Clean needles and leaves from the roof and gutters

These steps can minimize damage and loss. Learn more about reducing wildfire risk at