Officials Teach Residential Wildfire Preparedness

HUTCHINSON (AP) — The home of Tom and Dr. Christine Sanders in the Jupiter Hills subdivision north of Hutchinson was an excellent example for firefighters and forestry experts. The home was used to point to recently during a residential wildfire preparedness workshop to help a handful of Sandhills residents visualize a “fire wise” home.

As well landscaped and designed as the expansive property was, however, the Sanders even learned of areas they can improve to make their property safer from the kind of fast-moving wildfires that have devastated parts of the county in recent years.

The greatest danger, the dozen participants learned, appeared to be from rows of Eastern Red Cedars that surround three sides of the property.

Though buffered from the home by different methods of “disconnect” — mowed grass, a driveway, stonewalled flower beds and beds near the house of mixed stone and mulch — the experts suggested moving rows of primarily cedar trees even further back from the home and then thinning the ones that remained.



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