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Be ember aware

What we learned from the Germann Road Fire

On May 14, 2013 a single spark from a logging operation in Douglas County ignited a wildfire that consumed 7,442 acres. Named the Germann Road Fire due to its location, the fire burned more than 100 buildings, including 23 homes and seasonal cabins. Another 350 buildings were in harm's way, yet ultimately survived or were saved by fire suppression efforts. A research project conducted shortly after the fire provided us with an opportunity to share information with property owners on how to prepare your home and property for a wildfire.

How to prepare for embers

Defensible space is the area 30 feet around buildings that is maintained to limit the amount of flammable vegetation, debris and man-made objects that can become 'fuel' for a wildfire. You can prepare for embers with a few simple steps:

  • Rake leaves away from the side of your house and from under your deck.
  • Remove leaves and pine needles from your roof and gutters.
  • Remove flammable items (like wood mulch) from the five-foot zone nearest your home.
  • Move firewood at least 30 feet away from your home.
Last revised: Friday April 12 2019