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Reducing fire risk on your forest property

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  • The degree of wildfire risk depends on both the probability of an ignition and the potential for damage or harm (such as loss of trees, homes, or even lives). Recognizing that you may have a high wildfire risk is the first step in doing something about it. Whether you own a few acres or thousands, this publication will help you reduce the potential for wildfire damage on your property while improving overall forest health and wildlife habitat. Although these actions won’t prevent a wildfire from coming onto your property, they can make it more fire resistant. By following the guidelines in this publication you can reduce a fire’s severity so that most trees survive and firefighters are better able to attack and extinguish the blaze.
  • Keywords: fuel reduction methods, stewardship, fire risk, landowner, firebreaks, fuelbreaks, forest
  • Published October 2010. Reviewed November 2014. Please check for up-to-date information in the OSU Extension Catalog:
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  • Introduction; Fire Behavior Basics; Principles of Fire-resistant Forests; Fuel Reduction Methods; Firebreaks & Shaded Fuelbreaks; Roads & Access Considerations; Water Sources; Case History; Integrating Fuel Reduction with Other Objectives; Adding Fire Management to Your Stewardship Plan; Working with Your Neighbors
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