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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:22:57AM

Firewise landscaping can reduce your home’s wildfire risk

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Know the risk of wildfire where you live, and if you are in a high risk area, take precautions to minimize risk to your home. This private unpaved road is too narrow with insufficient over head clearance. Roads and driveways should be at least 15 feet wide with an overhead clearance of 14 feet.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Some plants are more fire prone than others. Saw palmetto, wax myrtle, yaupon holly, red cedar, and gallberry contain resins, oils, and wax that burn readily. Remove or reduce the density of these plants within 30 feet of your home.

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Wildfire has no season in Florida. Wildfires can happen at any time during the year — but wildfire occurrences often peak in late winter. Rainfall is less in winter leading to drier soils. Frosts and freezes leave behind dry vegetation that ignites easily. Know the risk of wildfire where you live, and if you are in a high risk area, take precautions to minimize risk to your home.

Most people don’t live in areas likely to burn. If you live in an urban area, in a subdivision with homes surrounded by lawns and typical landscaping, you are in a low risk area. However many people living in rural areas are at greater risk.

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