Protect homes against fire danger |

Protect homes against fire danger

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

It’s almost inevitable. The threat of fire, catastrophic fire, looms in the Tahoe Basin, and in the last few years those fears have been further fueled by extreme drought conditions.

The U.S. Forest Service, fire agencies, and state and federal governments have made progress towards reducing the fire danger, but there is only so much money to go around. Sometimes Mother Nature has the last word on when and where a fire strikes, and how big it can grow.

But there are things we can do as residents living in fire-prone areas to protect ourselves against this natural threat.

Oftentimes, the easiest solutions can be crafted literally in our own back yards. By creating proper fire breaks, thinning fire fuels and instituting fire-resistant landscaping schemes, we can create natural barriers that reduce the threat. When a fire does break out, its spread can be compromised by these preventative measures.

While implementing fire safety measures at home can be costly and time consuming, the expense pales in comparison to replacing a home after a fire, losing personal possessions, and being saddled with increased insurance premiums.

Governmental agencies can only do so much to help us in the event of a fire, but like with many things, prevention can be the cure. Local fire agencies are there with information to help residents plan for fire, so give them a call. This summer, prepare for the worst and hope it doesn’t happen.

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