While we enjoy all aspects of nature in and around Pine Mountain, we cannot let our guard down and not be prepared for the possibility of a wildfire. The fire of 2016 that took out 6,000 acres and came within 1 mile of Pine Mountain became a real wake-up call for all the residents here. Through training, preparations, and dedication Pine Mountain is a Firewise USA Community recognized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
What does this mean for ME???
First, it means that you can contact your insurance company is obtain a percentage off – great news, huh?
- Remove trees, brush, grass from around your structures
- Clean gutters of pine needles and other debris. Clean rooftops and clear away anything flammable from within 3-feet of the base of all structures
- Remove tree limbs that are less than 6-10 feet from the ground (around structures)
- Replace shake-shingle roofs with a non-flammable alternative
When a Wildfire Threatens:
- Be sure gutters, roofs and valleys are clear of leaves and dead branches.
- Remove combustible materials – lawn furniture, doormats, garden accessories, and tarps, etc. from decks around the house.
- Close attic, basement, pet doors, vents, and windows.
- Remove flammable drapes from windows; close shutters and blinds.
- Connect garden hoses and fill large containers with water inside and outside.
- Wet down vegetation within 30-feet of your home.
- Leave doors and windows unlocked; disconnect garage door opener for Firefighter access.
- Shut off natural gas, propane, or fuel oil supplies at the source.
- Evacuate early with valuable papers.