Our wildfire tour started at the Martinez City Hall.
CoCo County Fire Prevention Specialist Kathy Woofter explained what to look for.
First stop: Rankin Park in District 1. The grass needs a 30’ wide swathe cut starting at the asphalt and going up the hill. Fire flies uphill much faster than down.
Next we went to a residential street in District 1. Our basic rule of thumb: if it’s green, it can stay. If it’s dead, it needs to be cut down and removed from the property.
Trees should have a minimum clearance of 13’6″ because fire trucks are 13′ tall. Kathy said if a property has a real estate sign, take a photo of the sign as well, and she can contact the real estate company.
There was also a house with a flat roof that probably had 10 years of dead pine needles sitting on top, a huge potential fire hazard.
Thanks to Kerry for the photo tour!