For Kenai Peninsula residents who have yet to make their property “FireWise,” the wildfire burning in the Caribou Hills, as well as recent fires in Anchor Point, should serve as a wake-up call to do so.
“A lot of people lost stuff in this fire, and it’s still going and still scary,” said Elaine Hall, an information clerk staffing the Caribou Hills fire incident command center at Ninilchik School on Sunday. “If anything good can come out of it, in terms of benefits to human life and human property, maybe people will take a minute” and make their own property safer.
FireWise Communities is a national interagency program aimed at involving communities in protecting people, property and resources from the threat of wildfire.
Tips for protecting property from wildfire include clearing flammable vegetation particularly spruce trees from around homes and stacking firewood or other combustible materials at least 30 feet from a structure. Gutters and downspouts also should be cleaned to remove dead leaves which could catch fires should a spark or ember land there.
Information on the FireWise program and creating a defensible space around homes and other structures can be found on the state Division of Forestry Web site at www.dnr.state.ak.us/forestry/fire/firewise.htm.
FireWise information also is available at local fire stations.
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