May 16, 1996 in Idaho

Moisture Can Lead To Fires

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The abundant moisture of winter and spring means more grass, shrubs and flowers in Idaho’s forests and rangelands.

And that means higher fire danger below 5,000 feet, the Bureau of Land Management says.

As Idaho’s population has grown, the number of homes and cabins bordering wildlands has increased, increasing the risk from wildfires. The BLM is suggesting people reduce that risk by:

Clearing flammable vegetation up to 30 feet from your home.

Making sure trees and shrubs are planted at least 15 feet apart and clear branches up to a height of 15 feet so they do not carry fire from vegetation to buildings.

Clean your roof and gutters of leaves, twigs, pine needles and trim overhanging branches.

Treat wooden shakes and other flammable roofs with fire retardant.

Store combustible items away from your home, including firewood, picnic tables, boats and propane tanks.

Install a spark arrestor on chimneys.

Homeowners in remote areas should have a permanent, readily available source of water - such as a pond or stock tank - with a gasoline-powered pump in case the electricity fails.

Remember about half of Idaho’s wildfires are human caused, from off-road vehicles, fireworks, burning trash and careless campers.

, DataTimes


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