Last update: February 2018
The likelihood of wildfires occurring increases during late fall and winter months due to dormant grass, fallen tree leaves and periods of high winds and low humidities. The potential of wildfires occurring increases when relative humidity drops below 20 percent and wind blows over 20 miles per hour.
With more people moving to the country, the interaction between wildfire and people is becoming more frequent. Every year, numerous structures and millions of dollars of personal property are lost to wildfire. Many of those losses could be avoided if certain precautions were used.
Landowners can take steps to prevent losses caused by wildfire.
By using fire-resistant exterior building materials and furnishings as well as appropriate landscape plants and features, a landowner can greatly decrease the potential of a catastrophic loss.
Fuel (grass and tree leaves) management is also an important practice that a landowner can implement to reduce the probability of suffering losses.
Example of flammable material stored too close to a structure
For more information about protecting your property from wildfires, go to www.southernfireexchange.org and www.firewise.org. These websites provide more practices a landowner can use to guard against wildfires.