Creating a Non-Ignition Zone
It is extremely important you reduce ignition sources by creating and maintaining a home non-ignition zone within the 3-5 feet immediately adjacent to your house, so embers will not start a fire here that can spread to it.
Limiting fuels close to your structure minimizes heat output and ignition.
Remove combustibles such as firewood, construction debris, brooms, flammable decorations, and wood trellises from this area. Below are some tips for making your home a non-ignition zone.
Wildfire Prevention: Ignition Sources
Use non-flammable, wildfire safe mulches such as pavement, pavement stones, walkways, driveways, rocks, pebbles, concrete, tile, stucco, water features, composite granite or even bare ground.
Beware of mulches, which tend to dry out and ignite easily.
In a wildfire, most plants burn within 90 seconds of exposure to intense heat. Pay attention to where you put plants, how you space them, and, most important, how you maintain them. You need to be able to rake underneath them easily.
Break up continuity by providing both vertical and horizontal spacing between plants and chimney outlets, windows, eaves, overhangs, decks, stairs, fencing, and vents.
Trees don’t usually burn by themselves. Eliminate brush beneath trees and ground fuels that ladder into them. Remove lower branches, dead or dying branches, and peeling bark. Prune branches away from chimneys, windows, overhangs, and vents. Decrease the density of crowns.
Open up brush by pruning or removing hedges from underneath eaves, decks, and windows. Flames can be three times the height of a plant.