Salt Lake City firefighters warn homeowners of wildfire potential – KSL.com

Salt Lake City firefighters warn homeowners of wildfire potential - KSL.com
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SALT LAKE CITY — It sure is pretty seeing all the green in the mountains in Salt Lake City right now.

Yes we do. We see potential … and by potential, I mean potential fuel sources for wildland fire spread, said Archuleta. All that water has allowed all this vegetation that surrounds us to grow.

Eventually, all that green is going to dry out and turn brown. When it does, even the smallest spark can send a fire roaring.

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Thats because hundreds of homes will be in the path of that fire. And thats why Salt Lake City fire crews are warning homeowners in the City Creek, Capitol Hill and Federal Heights areas to create defensible space now.

Archuleta pointed out one homeowner who did it right. He has the non-combustible wall, and then he has very low-lying grass for that 25 to 30 feet between his house, he said.

@slcfire is warning homeowners in the City Creek, Capitol Hill, and Federal Heights neighborhoods about the potential for wildfire this season. The rainy season has caused considerable vegetation growth which will dry out soon. We're doing a story on this for @KSL5TV at 6. #ksltvpic.twitter.com/sJWLVBIWOh

Some of these homes, I mean, you cant even see the homes through the trees because theyve allowed the landscaping to go all the way up to their property, said Archuleta.

Last July, the Columbus Fire on Capitol Hill burned out of control in no time. That forced dozens of homeowners to be evacuated.

Although firefighters saved every house, they also saw how many people didnt have defensible space or a plan.

They didnt know how long they would be gone, said Archuleta. They didnt know what to bring, they didnt know: Should they leave their pets or should they take it?

Thats why hes part of the team warning homeowners now, before the fire season, to be prepared — just in case.

Instead of making small talk all the time, have a little bit more big talk, he said. Its not just affecting you as a homeowner. Yeah, you have insurance, and maybe youre willing to take that risk, but when a fire like that gets going, now every immediate neighbor and neighborhood is now exposed because of that as well.

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