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Defensible space can make a significant difference during a wildfire, offering your home or business protection. Embers are the leading cause of home loss during a wildfire. They can travel up to three miles ahead of the large flame front.
Defensible space is the buffer you create between your home or business and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it. Items to consider are plants, landscape arrangement, and outdoor furniture. This gives embers or flames fewer options to latch onto and ignite.
Click the images below to explore how to create defensible space and tips to help protect your home against wildfire.
To guide homeowners through the process of creating defensible space, the Governor's Fire Service Policy Council, the OSFM, and other state agencies developed a checklist. This guide walks home and property owners through defensible space best practices including tree spacing, driveway access, and other considerations.
Following these recommendations can increase the likelihood that your home or business will survive a wildfire. They may not eliminate wildfire threat, so it is important to follow all evacuation orders in the event of a wildfire.
Click the banner below to download a printable copy of this guide.
Many organizations and programs are working to create fire-adapted communities in Oregon:
Leslie NeuDefensible Space Program Coordinatorosfm.firstname.lastname@example.org
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