One spark can set off an out-of-control forest fire capable of destroying farms, livestock, valuable timber and our homes. Grass and underbrush are extremely dry this time of year, as heat waves intensify and natural rain, as a source of fire suppression, is scarce with storms that often present lightning. Think twice before jumping on that ATV, knowing that one spark from a tailpipe can set off a chain of devastating events. BC is currently under a campfire ban, and being diligent to follow the lead of our provincial guidelines is always recommended. Our fire service creates and maintains defensible space around personal treed property for protection against the threat of destructive wildfires.
Wildfire Suppression Team, Serving Southwest BC
We offer on-site consultations to assess possible threats, then remove trees, limbs, and shrubs to prevent damage by fire. Dead wood and lower branches should be removed to a height of at least 8 feet above the ground to prevent them from catching ground fires, and 10 feet away from your chimney. Unhealthy and mature trees, including pine, spruce and fir should be removed, clearing a 30 foot safety zone around buildings.
Steps you can take to protect your property from wildfires:
- Mow dry grass, weeds and light brush down to the ground and dispose of the brush pile correctly before it ignites.
- Pile firewood at least 30 feet away from any building that can catch fire. Remember – firewood is fuel for wildfires. You don’t want dry fuel stacked against your house.
- Plant fire resistant trees and shrubs, and keep them healthy by deep watering for flame resiliency.
- Stay informed during wildfire season. Check current wildfire activity for fire bans, restrictions, and wildfire threats.
- Wildfire preparedness is key to protecting our communities, and well worth the effort. Removing brush and trees for defensible space continues to be our best defense against the destructive power of fires.
For heavier tasks that keep your home safe from fires, call the team at Pine Valley Tree Service and Landscaping. We’ve been working in the industry for over 40 years and our team of certified arborists and fallers know how to keep your property safe from wildfires and run the equipment essential for forest management. Inquires are welcome from individual homeowners, municipal agencies and developers. Our team serves Kamloops & all surrounding areas within a two-hour driving radius, Vernon, Kelowna, Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz, Abbotsford and Mission, and the Aldergrove area.
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