Re: Defensible Space for wildfires? > Fires and such

Case Turner

Defensible Space is promoted here heavily. Mainly spurred from the Awbrey Hall fire that ripped through the west side of Bend in 1990.

Most new subdivisions that build in more rural areas have to be a Firewise development which require special restrictions on building a fire safe structure, landscaping with firewise approved methods and planting and maintaining the landscape.

Having a defensible space and a properly built structure are very important to protecting your home.


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On Sep 9, 2020, at 8:18 PM, John Kohnen <@Jkohnen> wrote:

´╗┐There has been a lot of attention given to promoting Defensible Space as the fire seasons get worse. There are volunteer programs that help people make their properties out in the country safer from wildfires, and the fire departments and fire protection districts do their best to help people make their homes safer. Forest fires that travel as fast as the McKenzie and Santiam canyon fires did don't care about defensible space. <sigh>

Historically there have been many, many big forest fires west of the Cascades -- remember the Tillamook Burn? -- so that's nothing new. Douglas fir is a fire dependent species. Before human meddling, they sprouted in burned over areas after the broadleaved brush had got a start, then after the Doug firs had matured western hemlock would start taking over the forest -- unless another big fire came through first...

The sort of firestorms that hit up the Santiam and McKenzie are something new, and scary. <sigh>

On 9/9/2020 5:28 PM, Roger P wrote:
Maybe you (or somebody you know) could answer this question. Whatever happened to Defensible Space? <>
Defensible Space:
"An area either natural or manmade where material capable of causing a fire to spread has been treated, cleared, reduced, or changed to act as a barrier between an advancing wildland fire and the loss to life, property, or resources. In practice, "defensible space" is defined as an area a minimum of 30 feet around a structure that is cleared of flammable brush or vegetation."
John <@Jkohnen>
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