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I live in Texas and many Texans are experiencing SHTF right now in the form of wildfires. We are currently concerned about the extreme drought conditions, low humidity and large numbers of fires in our area of the state(East TX.) It seems that some "people" find it fun to run around in these conditions and start wildfires in pastures and wooded areas. We are in a rural area. My question is what if anything can you do to help minimize the chances of your house burning down due to wildfires and what preps should you have against this very real threat? This is a new threat to our area and not something we have ever had to worry with before.
Clear away any flammable material from the outside of any structures you want to protect.
Dead trees, etc.
Create a sort of fire lane like a lot of forested areas.
Keep your lawn mowed. No brush or tall grass or anything flammable to make a path to the house. Fireproof siding and roof.
A dozer or tractor with a plow attached and ready to go. Plow a firebreak and set a backburn (if allowed).
The heat can get intense enough to light off the house even if you do all that, but it is the best you can do.
Their are some grasses that burn like buffalo when dry and brome grass even when green. I'd make sure for long term your yard is as fireproof as possible, I'd remove any pine tree's or other brush that dries down in the summer heat and is flammable. Never too late to think of a cistern system or in a emergency a pool that you could pump water from to wet down the house or lawn. It's nice to have a tractor with a disk or plow. I have a gasoline powered pump on a 150 gallon sprayer that we often use when doing crp burning. Add a little soap with your water when spraying fire's. You can even add a certain type of fertilizer to water to make a fire retardent, I'd have to look it up to see which one. I want to say DAP but probably wrong.
I remember reading some stuff about wildfire prevention for State of CA.
Get you property as green as you can now. There are some commercially available fire retardents that you use a hose sprayer to "foam" it on your house. It is not cheap but fairly effective and may be better than your house burning down.
I have no affiliation with any of these sites, just googled.
We have no vegetation or trees within 20' of the house. There is a 5' sidewalk around three sides of the house and a 20' concrete barrier on one side between our house and the forest. All exterior material of the house is steel.
Like others have said, create fire lane around the house.
Also create a real BOB.
To many people focus on Mad Max stuff. Does your BOB have a copy of your homeowners policy, Some cash, a map of the area if roads are blocked?
Its funny. Here in PA we are worrying about Flooding. We just had a mudslide take out a section of highway in Philadelphia, and some evacuations up north. I wish we could send some rain down your way.
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