After a pretty mild winter for the Pocatello area, the fire departments are gearing up for a busy summer of wildfires. Today they held an open house to teach homeowners the best way to prep their homes in case of a wild land burn.
In addition to making sure your home is easily accessible to the firefighters, preparations like creating defensible space around your home, using fire resistant construction methods, putting gates over eves and replacing bark beds around your home with nonflammable material like river rock are all things the department strongly encourages, giving them a much better chance of saving the house if a fire ever threatens the area.
"Come into an area and start prepping homes and we know a wild fire is eminent, the faster that we can prep that home and clear the flammables away from the home and move on to the next, the better," said Ryan O’Hearn, Captain of the Fire Prevention Division in the Pocatello Fire Department.
If you have a concern about your home, the fire department does residential fire surveys to safeguard individual homes in high risk areas; all you need to do is give them a call.