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This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.
Marin's grasslands provide the fuel for our most frequent and fast moving wildfires. Dry grass is particularly susceptible to ignition - carelessly dropped cigarettes, illegal fireworks, mower blades, and hot car mufflers frequently ignite grass fires. These fast-moving fires damage and destroy homes every year in California and Marin, often in the first few minutes of a wildfire before firefighters arrive.
The grass around your home may be green today, but will dry quickly in the spring sun and winds. Now is the time to cut, and be prepared to cut again in mid-late June.
Every homeowner is responsible for maintaining vegetation on their property, and cutting dry grass, like cleaning your roof and rain gutters, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to protect your home and family.
Grass fires are deceptively dangerous, with flames that can explode from inches to tens of feet from a brief gust of wind, these fast moving fires kill more firefighters each year than any other type of fire.
If you see a grass fire:
Did you complete Wildfire Preparedness Week, Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Rain Gutters?
Check back tomorrow for more tips and tricks on creating a firesafe home and neighborhood.