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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 prolonged drought brings an early fire season. Grasslands that are normally green in early May began "curing," or drying out, much earlier than normal. It's these grasses that make up the fuel for Marin's most frequent and fast moving wildfires. Dry grass is particularly susceptible to ignition - carelessly dropped cigarettes, illegal fireworks, mower blades, and hot car mufflers are frequent ignition sources. These fast moving grass fires damage and destroy homes every year in California, and Marin, often damaging or destroying homes in the first few minutes, before firefighters can take action.
Every homeowner is responsible for maintaining vegetation on their property, and cutting dry grass, like cleaning your roof and gutters, is one of the fastest and most effective ways to protect your home and family.
Take an hour today to cut the grass on your property. This easy and inexpensive step may save your home!
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 Day 1: Clean Your Roof and Gutters?
Check back tomorrow for more tips and tricks on creating a firesafe home and neighborhood.