Pruning tips for wildfire safety
During a forest fire, vegetation is fuel. Prevent structure loss by clearing and thinning trees and brush.
- Thin trees to leave three metres (10 feet) of separation.
- Remove dead or highly flammable trees.
- On level ground, thin strands of trees within two tree heights (minimum 30 metres - 100 feet) of the structure.
- On sloped ground, thin downslope stands of trees to a greater distance from the structure. On steeper slopes,
thin trees further downslope from the structure.
- Prune trees - remove branches within 2.5 metres (8 feet) of the ground.
- Perform a general clean-up.
- Regularly remove and dispose of logs, needles, twigs and shrubs that encourage the spread of fire on the ground.
- Keep firewood and debris piles at least 10 metres (30 feet) away - never downslope - from a structure.
- Clear over-hanging branches, needles and other combustible debris from the roof.
- Remove accumulated debris from below slotted deck surfaces.