Your first defense against wildfire is to create and maintain a defensible space around your home. However, this does not mean your landscape has to be barren.
Throughout Heber-Overgaard and the surrounding communities of the Heber-Overgaard Fire District, it is common to see homes and other types of structures in wildland environments. This trend is creating an expansion of wildland-urban interface areas where structures are located next to large amounts of vegetation. Because of their location, these structures are extremely vulnerable to fire, should a wildfire occur in the surrounding area.
The following links/tips provide property owners with resources available to those homeowners in the wildland-urban interface areas to learn about keeping their property safe.
TOP TIPS FOR WILDLAND FIRE PREVENTION
Consistently monitor defensible space for maximum fire prevention. Remove flash fuels such as dead grass.
WHAT DO I DO IF A FIRE BREAKS OUT?
Wildland fires burn rapidly and winds often make them unpredictable. So, be very cautious when attempting to control a brush fire with a garden hose.
BUILDING CONTRACTOR'S ALERT
Contractors found negligent in maintaining a safe building environment can be held responsible for damages via fines and/or criminal citations for the cost of providing fire protection services and for property loss.
For further information or to schedule a free safety survey of your property, please contact the Heber-Overgaard Fire District at (928) 535-4346.