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Protect Your Property From Wildfires With Green Defensible Space

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The hot weather in the area means extra fire danger, and it's a good time for a reminder about defending your property. The hot weather in the area means extra fire danger, and it's a good time for a reminder about defending your property.
NBCRightNow.com- The hot weather in the area means extra fire danger, and it's a good time for a reminder about defending your property.

Benton County Conservation District workers say the best advice is to have at least 100 feet of green, defensible space around your home.  They say you should get rid of dry brush, leaves or grass, and cut low hanging branches in that area.

And getting a jump on it is important, even starting in the fall preparing for the next season. Agricultural Resource Technician Erin Hightower says, "The best defense is a good offense. Get started early in the season with cutting down weeds that might be encroaching your area."  

If you can't irrigate the space around your home to make it green, you can landscape it with rocks or other fire resistant materials. Professional landscapers can help you with lots of other options.

And vegetation isn't the only thing to think about when it comes to fires.Your choice of roofing materials can make a big difference.The vinyl cover on a hot tub can also spark a house fire if embers are getting near.

Another good tip is to make sure your address is easily visible to firefighters when they're responding to emergencies, they'll appreciate it.

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