Preparing your Home for Wildfire

Release Date: Jun 24, 2022

Roseburg, Ore. – The Umpqua National Forest encourages you to prepare your home for wildfire. While we may not be able to make our homes and communities fireproof, taking the steps below will make it more likely that your home will withstand a fire. These steps will also provide important defensible space, letting our firefighters better address wildfires in our communities at large:

  • Keep flammable objects such as lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles, at least 30 feet away from your home at all times. During wildfire activity, move lawn furniture, toys, or any other flammable materials away from your home.
  • Keep roofs, gutters, decks, and patios clear of leaves, pine needles, or other flammable materials.
  • Remove mulch and vegetation within 5 feet of the home and replace with nonflammable material.
  • Trim back tree or shrub branches that overhang the roof or brush up against your home within 10 feet or your house, roof, or chimney.
  • Keeps lawns watered and mowed, or if water-conserving, make sure debris is removed within 30 feet of your home.
  • Trim tree limbs 10 feet above the ground. This will help limit ladder fuels, branches, and shrubs that fires might climb up to reach your home’s roof.
  • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens over vents and under decks to prevent ember intrusion.

Defensible Space Graphic

Additional Resources:

For more information about preparing your home for wildfire, you can visit nfpa.org or livingwithfire.com.