Itasca Firewise Tip

Clear a 10 foot space around propane tanks. Keep this space in gravel, rock or short, well-watered grass. propane tanks should be located at least 10 feet from the home.

As we look beyond the thirty-foot home defensible space, the woods one hundred feet beyond our house is another thing to look at. Reducing fuels in this area will reduce the intensity of an approaching wildfire. Trees might need thinning (removal of some) to increase their spacing. This is especially important for evergreens, which typically have been planted or naturally seed at high densities. Pruning the remaining trees up six to ten feet and reducing underbrush can also help reduce wildfire intensity.

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