Wildfire Preparedness

Welcome to the Wildfire Preparedness Committee of the Greater Avenues Community Council

Over 1,500 residences within the Avenues are vulnerable to the threats and risks of wildfire due to their proximity to the fire-prone “Wildland Urban Interface” (WUI). It is important for these residents to understand how fire can damage their homes and property and how they can lessen the possibility of damage. If each of us does our part to reduce risk, we can collectively create a safer, more resilient neighborhood.wui

Mission

The mission of the Wildfire Preparedness Committee is to educate Avenues residents of the dangers of wildfire within our community and to help them prevent, prepare, and mitigate. 

Vision

The vision of the Committee is a nqeighborhood that is resilient to wildfire and whose residents proactively work to reduce the risks associated with living in the WUI.

How you can help

The best thing a homeowner can do to protect their property is create defensible space. Some easy and immediate steps to take are:

  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles that could catch embers.
  • Replace 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.
  • Clean debris from exterior attic vents and install 1/8 inch metal mesh screening to reduce embers.
  • 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 or porches.

The time you spend on wildfire prevention around your home is important and the SLC Fire Department is asking residents to report the hours you spend removing possible wildfire fuels around your home.

Request a Defensible Space Consultation from SLCFD

 

 

Please contact your Greater Avenues Wildfire Preparedness Community Liaison, Shane Carlson, at (801) 596-3939 with any questions.

More information on wildfire prevention and preparation can be seen at https://www.slc.gov/fire/wildland/.

Plan to visit our booth at the Avenues Street Fair on September 11!