Brush and Wildfire Prevention Tips

Homeowners and property owners have a part to play in removing dead debris

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In 2020, the City of Raleigh had 239 outdoors fires and these type of fires can become wildfires which can threaten our homes. 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is Saturday, May 1, 2021, which is a national campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks.

As part of this campaign and throughout the year we want our residents to focus on what they can do around their home to help protect against the threat of wildfires. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a Home Ignition Zone Checklist on how to prepare our homes from wildfires.

Home Ignition Zone Checklist

Simple steps to make a home safer from embers and radiant heat from your roof to foundation:

  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers
  • Replace or or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration
  • Reduce embers that could pass through vents in the eaves by installing 1/8 inch metal mesh screening
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors - mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles - anything that can burn
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks and porches

How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Fact Sheet

From the materials you use in the exterior of your home, to managing vegetation and creating an action plan, this wildfire reduction factsheet has you covered. 

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Yard Cleanup

The City of Raleigh offers curbside yard waste pick up for your dead leaves, dried out sticks, limbs and other debris that could easily serve as kindling in a wildfire. 

Find out how to prepare your yard waste for collection and find your collection schedule day

Tips to Help Keep Homes from Igniting in a Wildfire


While wildfires burn across the country, and especially in the west, they don’t have to burn everything in their path. NFPA provides action steps for residents to reduce wildfire risks, including seven tips to help keep homes from igniting in a wildfire. National Fire Protection Association



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