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Three Steps to Being Firewise

Alayne Blickle

by Alayne Blickle, Horses for Clean Water

It’s easy to think fires only happen to other people, but unfortunately, this kind of thinking can lead to tragic consequences.

When horses or livestock are involved in a fire event, action needs to be taken quickly to save the lives of animals and to reduce property damage.

Being proactive is the safest firewise plan; late evacuation, or waiting until emergency responders can get to you is often a deadly choice. Once fire is close, visibility may be poor and travel hazardous. Fallen trees, power lines, abandoned cars and firefighting vehicles can easily block roads. Even quiet horses may panic in a trailer filled with smoke or surrounded by sirens.

Learn tips on how to prioritize tasks in the event of a fire, on ways to prevent fire from occurring in your barn, and how to protect your property in the event a wildfire is near. These three steps are a good start to give you confidence you are firewise:

  • Protect Your Animals. Steps to making a Firewise Evacuation Plan tailored for your farm.
  • Protect Your Barn. Do you know the leading causes of barn fires and how to prevent them from happening?
  • Protect Your Property. Learn how to keep vegetation from becoming a threat, and other ways you can shield your home, barn, outbuildings and horses from wildfire:

If you would like in-depth advice for your particular situation, Alayne is available for phone or in-person consultations. Please click here to request a consultation.

Graphics provided by the Bureau of Land Management: This map shows the location of all fires from 1970 to 2007 which were larger than 300 acres.

Graphics provided by the Bureau of Land Management: This map shows the location of all fires from 1970 to 2007 which were larger than 300 acres.