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Keep Your Home Wildfire Safe with Defensible Space

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May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Nevada, and with much of the Silver State considered a high fire hazard environment, residents need to prepare for the upcoming season.

Homeowners should make sure they have created 'defensible space' around their houses. It's a buffer area of land between their property and grass, trees or shrubbery to reduce the threat of a wildfire affecting their homes.

Woody vegetation like juniper, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush and others are prone to catching fire. Homeowners should make sure at least five feet around their house is clear of such vegetation. 

This creates a non-combustible zone around the property, which means, when embers from a wildfire hit the side of a house and fall to the ground--there is nothing there to burn, effectively helping to prevent the spread of fire. 

If you'd like to learn more about defensible space and how to keep your home safe during the wildfire season, click here.

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