Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) partnered with the Forest Home and Lamb’s Canyon community to develop and implement a hazardous fuels reduction project.
The primary goals of the project, outlined in their Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP), were to create defensible space around homes, improve ingress and egress to the community, and remove hazardous trees along main travel corridors. This community has been impacted by wildfire before. The reduction of hazardous fuels improved critical wildfire and emergency response access to the area.
Funding for the project came from Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI). A 10-person Unified Fire Authority (UFA) crew completed the work which included removing hazard trees and ladder fuels, cutting downed woody material, and chipping of materials on site. Residents also generated 100 piles of woody debris for the fire crew to chip from hazardous fuels reduction efforts around their homes.
Fall is a great time of year to harden your home and create defensible space on your own property. You can reach out to FFSL or your local fire department to request a free home assessment which will provide you with simple tips to better prepare your home for wildfire. You can also visit firewise.org for guidance on wildfire preparedness projects. We live in a wildfire-prone state, don’t wait until a wildfire is at your doorstep to think about preparedness.