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Take Precautions Against Wildland Fires in NY
April 20th, 2012

Camp owners should take precautions to protect their homes from being damaged or destroyed in a wildfire, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers advised last week. Recent wildland fires throughout New York and the northeast have threatened and destroyed homes. An overwhelming number of these fires are human caused, such as brush burning, unattended campfires, discarded fireplace ashes, etc. Reduce the risk of fire by following wildfire risk reduction strategies such as:

Home Construction & Maintenance
• Use non flammable materials for roof and exterior walls;
• Use fire retardant finishes on exterior wood;
• Use double paned or tempered glass in windows;
• Enclose eaves, fascias, soffits, and vents;
• Remove tree limbs from overhangs and attachments;
• Keep gutters and roofs clean of twigs, leaves, and pine needles.

Landscaping (within 30 feet of your camp and porches & decks)
• Use fire resistant plants, landscaping materials, and accessories;
• Keep area clear of all dead vegetation and other flammable debris;
• Remove limbs on trees up to 10 ft. from ground;
• Maintain space between trees;
• Regularly mow, prune, and water lawns and gardens;
• Do NOT place propane tanks under porches or decks, or directly against your home; and
• Do NOT store firewood adjacent to your home April through September.

(Derived from press release issued this month by New York DEC Forest Rangers, the NY Firewise Council and the national Firewise Communities program.)

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Christmas And Associates

23 Main Street
Camden NY 13316



(800) 229-7843
(315) 245-5761


(315) 245-5538