Fire resistant slope

Asked September 28, 2020, 11:59 AM EDT

We live in the upper Hood River valley on a hill with a south facing slope that is generally covered in tall grass surrounded by tall fir and pine trees. Though we keep the grass cut we're afraid it would pose a fire danger. Who should we ask to inspect the property and give us suggestions on what to do to make our home more fire safe?

Hood River County Oregon

1 Response

Here are some good publications with advice on how to make your home and landscape more fire-safe.

Anytime there is a slope below your home or buildings, it requires extra attention and greater distances within which you should do your fuels reduction. Keep a larger green space or non-flammable zone close to buildings. And beyond the Home Ignition Zone, keeping dry grass very short is advisable where possible.

But you should also keep in mind that once you have at least 100 feet from larger fuel accumulations, there is little risk of direct heat or flame. Embers or firebrands in the wind are the main threat. And protection from those is all about your your buildings and their vulnerability to embers.