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Title:
The fire smart home handbook : preparing for and surviving the threat of wildfire / Clyde Soles ; foreword by Molly Mowery.
ISBN:
9780762796908
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xvii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Abstract:
"Devastating wildfires are increasing in size and ferocity nationwide. If you live in or near wilderness, sooner or later fire will happen. Fortunately you can prepare for it, and preparations don't have to cost a fortune. This highly detailed and practical guide will help you live safely in the wildfire zone and save you time and money along the way, providing various methods of risk mitigation along with the financial level of each action. Learn how wildfires behave and are fought, how to evaluate your property, what essential tools you'll need, what they cost, how to prepare your land and home--including tips on avoiding insurance nightmares--what to do when it's time to evacuate, how to clean up after a fire, and even how to survive when things go wrong. This book will help you create a survivable space that will not only enhance the scenery but may increase the value of your home. Be Fire Smart, and you'll greatly improve your odds of surviving a major conflagration. "-- Provided by publisher.

"Learn how wildfires begin and behave, how to evaluate your property, what essential tools you'll need and what they will cost, how to prepare your land and home--including tips on how to avoid insurance nightmares--when to stay and fight, when it's time to evacuate, how to clean up after a fire event, and more"-- Provided by publisher.
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Devastating wildfires are increasing in size and ferocity nationwide. If you live in or near wilderness, sooner or later fire will happen. Fortunately you can prepare for it, and preparations don't have to cost a fortune. This highly detailed and practical guide will help you live safely in the wildfire zone and save you time and money along the way, providing various methods of risk mitigation along with the financial level of each action. Learn how wildfires behave and are fought, how to evaluate your property, what essential tools you'll need, what they cost, how to prepare your land and home--including tips on avoiding insurance nightmares--what to do when it's time to evacuate, how to clean up after a fire, and even how to survive when things go wrong. This book will help you create a survivable space that will not only enhance the scenery but may increase the value of your home. Be Fire Smart, and you'll greatly improve your odds of surviving a major conflagration.


Author Notes

Clyde Soles is the author often books, including Climbing: Training for Peak Performance and The Outdoor Knots Book. He founded Trail Runner magazine, and his articles and photographs have appeared in Outside, Backpacker, Rock Ice, and other publications. He lives with his wife in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Keeping one's nostrils hydrated may not be top of mind should wildfire strike the property, but no threat is left untouched in this handbook worthy of a firefighters academy library. Wildfires obviously aren't a threat to the entire population, but as Soles, a frequent contributor to outdoor magazines and a wildfire evacuee himself, notes, the number of acres burned has increased from two million in 1992 to almost seven million in 2012. Wildfire mitigation is discussed at length, with heavy emphasis on trimming, sawing, and clearing property of highly flammable foes, from tree stumps to wood fences or firewood stacked against the side of a home. Directions are included for making a driveway allowing turnaround for large fire trucks, building a fire bunker, gathering tools for elimination of brush, and using goats in vegetation management. (Yes, you can actually rent a herd of goats.) Insurance and FEMA claims also are covered. While not everyone has to worry about wildfire, some of this advice applies to fire preparedness in most any home. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xv
1 Wildfirep. 1
Basics of Wildland Firep. 1
Heatp. 1
Fuelp. 3
Oxygenp. 5
Wildfire Causesp. 5
Fire Behaviorp. 7
Windp. 9
Droughtp. 10
Topographyp. 11
Extreme Fire Conditionsp. 12
Danger Ratingsp. 14
Wildland Typesp. 16
Beetle-Killed Forestsp. 17
Ponderosa Pine / Douglas Firp. 19
Lodgepole Pinep. 20
Subalpine Conifersp. 21
Pinyon-Juniper Woodlandp. 21
Grass and Desert Shrubp. 23
Chaparral and Woodlandsp. 23
Riparian Zonesp. 25
Eastern Forestsp. 25
Carbon Cycle and Wildfiresp. 26
2 Survivable Spacep. 27
Rules of Survivable Spacep. 28
Know Your Propertyp. 28
Evaluating Your Propertyp. 29
New Home Considerationsp. 31
Urban Edgep. 32
Intermix Livingp. 33
Rural Livingp. 33
Wildland Livingp. 34
Firescapep. 35
Designating Zonesp. 36
Zone 1p. 37
Zone 2p. 41
Zone 3p. 46
Zone 4p. 47
Shaded Fuelbreaksp. 48
Firebreaksp. 49
Safety Zonep. 49
3 Tools of the Tradep. 51
Hand Toolsp. 51
Pruning Sawp. 51
Hatchet and Axp. 52
Brush Toolp. 53
Swing Bladesp. 54
Winch and Pulleysp. 55
Lopperp. 56
Pole Sawp. 57
Pruning Polep. 58
Stirrup Hoep. 59
Tree Pullerp. 60
Rakesp. 60
McLeod Toolp. 61
Pulaski Toolp. 62
Pickeroonp. 62
Slash Slingp. 63
Extension Ladderp. 64
Goatsp. 66
Power Toolsp. 66
Power Tool Safetyp. 68
Fuelp. 69
Chain Sawsp. 71
String Trimmerp. 82
Brush Cutterp. 86
Power Pole Sawp. 87
Cordless Reciprocating Sawp. 88
Power Capstanp. 89
Wood Chipperp. 90
Rough Terrain Mowerp. 90
4 Caring for Your Landp. 93
Phase 1

p. 94

Fire-Resistant Plantsp. 97
Propane Tankp. 98
Phase 2

p. 99

Help Firefightersp. 104
Phase 3

p. 104

Mistletoep. 106
Bark Beetlesp. 107
Invasive Plantsp. 109
Pruningp. 110
Basics of Tree Fellingp. 112
Preparing to Cutp. 113
Tree Felling Primerp. 115
Felling Problem Treesp. 120
Releasing Hung Treesp. 123
Girdling Treesp. 123
Processing Treesp. 124
Slash Disposalp. 130
Haulingp. 131
Chippingp. 131
Lopping and Scatteringp. 134
Open Burningp. 134
Using an Air Curtain Burnerp. 136
5 Prepare Your Howiep. 137
Passive Resistancep. 137
Building Materialsp. 137
Windowsp. 149
Doorsp. 151
Ventsp. 152
Chimneysp. 153
Guttersp. 154
Enclosed Spacesp. 156
Fencesp. 156
Internal Sprinkler Systemp. 157
Computer Backupsp. 157
Fire-Resistant Safep. 158
Fire Bunkerp. 160
Active Suppressionp. 162
Fire Extinguishersp. 162
Hosesp. 165
Well Pressure Tanksp. 167
Fire Cisternp. 167
Water Pumping Systemsp. 168
Flame-Retardant Sprayp. 169
Fire Foamp. 170
Fire Gelp. 171
Fire Wrapp. 172
External Sprinkler Systemsp. 172
Standby Generatorp. 174
Fire-Retardant Systemsp. 174
Fire Sensorsp. 175
Wildfire Protection Servicep. 176
Community Projectsp. 176
Firearm Safetyp. 177
6 Prepare Your Financesp. 179
Inventoryp. 179
Securing the Inventoryp. 182
Insurancep. 183
Insurance Pitfallsp. 185
Flood Insurancep. 189
7 Evacuation Planningp. 191
Communication Planningp. 191
Evacuation Vehiclesp. 193
Evacuation Kitp. 194
Evacuation Listp. 196
Five-Minute Listsp. 196
One-Hour Listsp. 200
Six-Hour Listsp. 203
Practice Runsp. 204
Neighborhood Watchp. 205
Pet Evacuationp. 206
Livestock Evacuationp. 208
8 When the Fire Roarsp. 211
Fire Watchp. 211
Evacuate Now!p. 212
Evacuation Procedurep. 214
Evacuation Livingp. 215
Smoke Protectionp. 216
Stay Tunedp. 219
Worst-Case Scenariop. 221
Caught at Homep. 221
Caught in the Carp. 223
Caught in the Openp. 224
Fire Sheltersp. 225
9 Fire Fightp. 227
Fire Managementp. 227
Types of Firefightersp. 230
Fire Vehiclesp. 232
Fire Attackp. 233
Aerial Assaultp. 235
The Home Frontp. 239
Containmentp. 240
Mop-Upp. 241
10 After the Firep. 243
Examine Your Propertyp. 243
Total Lossp. 245
Protect Your Propertyp. 247
Erosion Controlp. 247
Insurance Claimsp. 250
Damaged Propertyp. 253
Rebuilding or Relocatingp. 255
Restoring Landp. 258
Evaluating Treesp. 259
Replantingp. 259
Mental Healthp. 260
Recoveryp. 261
Recapp. 263
Indexp. 264