With the Carpenter 1 wildland fire being right in our backyard in Las Vegas, it reminds the population of how close Mother Nature can get, and be fierce. Woodchuck’s is able to help you with your property maintenance equipment, the chainsaws and more, to help protect you and your property from loss. Stop by our store to talk with us about the many ways we can help with your landscape equipment.
The main piece of equipment firefighters use to attack wildland fires is the chainsaw. Woodchuck’s exclusively carries the Stil line of saws, one of the primary saws used by the elite wildland firefighters. We help maintain saws for many government and professionals. Use what the pros use, because it is the backbone of the firefighter.
One of the best ways to protect your property against a wildland fire is to have a defensible zone around your buildings on your property.
Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.
Zone 1 extends 30 feet* out from buildings, structures, decks, etc.
Plant and Tree Spacing
The spacing between grass, shrubs, and trees is crucial to reduce the spread of wildfires. The spacing needed is determined by the type and size of brush and trees, as well as the slope of the land. For example, a property on a steep slope with larger vegetation requires greater spacing between trees and shrubs than a level property that has small, sparse vegetation.
Remove all tree branches at least 6 feet from the ground.
Allow extra vertical space between shrubs and trees. Lack of vertical space can allow a fire to move from the ground to the brush to the tree tops like a ladder.
WE will be hapy to speak with you and/or your group about wildland fire safety and defensible zones, just email, phone. or stop by.