Got Space? How Defensible Space Can Help Save Your Home

Did you know that 9 of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in California history happened within the last 5 years? Unfortunately, the reality is that wildfires are on the rise and they are burning hotter, faster and more unpredictable than ever before.

The good news is that there are many measures that you can take to reduce the risk of a wildfire spreading to your home. Spring is a great time to start building in defensible space around your home as the ground is still wet and wildfire danger is low.

Taking the necessary precautions now can save your most valuable investment should a wildfire affect your area. Wildfires can spread up to a mile away by flying embers in the air. The embers travel by wind and create new fires in different locations where they land. That being said, creating a defensible space around your home can not only save your property but possibly the entire neighborhood or town you live in.

Many areas are now requiring that prior to the close of a home purchase, a defensible space inspection be administered by the local fire department to ensure the property has been cleared of debris and other factors that make your home more vulnerable to the risk of catching fire. Truckee is now on this list and it is required that a recent inspection (within the last 3 years)  be completed before the close of the sale of a property. Although this may seem to be just another hurdle to jump through when trying to buy or sell a home, with the imminent threat of wildfires increasing yearly, it is an incredibly effective measure the community has taken to help protect you and your family.

You can find more information and a list of the most significant steps you can take to help ensure your home is as effectively protected as possible if a wildfire should strike at

Truckeefire.org and www.readyforwildfire.org.

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