Desert Views / Four Peaks HOA has partnered with the Scottsdale Fire Department and achieved the special distinction of being recognized as a Firewise USA™ community. The main objective is to take preventative measures to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage. This is a multi-year effort.
The key elements are:
1. Define the project scope
2. Establish a compliance plan based on priorities and available resources
3. Community Awareness / Education / Involvement
1. It is important to eliminate all dead and dying material from your parcels. This includes mulch that accumulates around plant roots. All of this material would add fuel to fires. Let your irrigation systems keep your vegetation green and healthy. Maintain your landscape frequently.
2. Reduce ladder fuels wherever possible. Fires can quickly spread from tall shrubs to low hanging tree branches in dry conditions. Proper spacing of your landscape elements and frequent maintenance can help to reduce the chance of fire quickly spreading upwards, where winds can pass fire to adjacent parcels and homes.
3. Please refer to the Plant Palette in the Troon Village Association Architectural Review Committee's Standards and Procedures for suitable vegetation to use on your parcels. These plants are known to stay healthy and green in desert environments. Avoid trees, like many ficus species, and tall grasses that quickly create dead branches and ladder material in dry and windy weather.
4. Keeping your roof, eaves, and gutters clean is a critical element of your fire safety plan. Broken tiles, clogged gutters and attic screens, and lack of tile bird screens or tile blocks can make it easy for embers to enter your home or set dead material on fire. Be aware of damage caused by ember blasts.
1. Many fires spread through hail-like ember blasts from wild land areas to nearby communities. Any ember can also pass from parcel to parcel within the community during a fire and cause serious fire damage before the fire department can react.
2. It is important to eliminate all openings in roof areas so that embers cannot enter your home, or set dry material on fire. Keep all screens and roof vents clean, and be sure that bird screens or stops are installed in tiles. Remove any dead material from your roof areas frequently.
3. Inspect windows, doors, vents, and any other openings in your home walls for possible entry by a fire ember. It may only take one ember to cause serious damage to your home during a fire.
4. Reduce or eliminate all clutter under balconies, deck areas, and other locations near your home. Anything that might contribute to fuel loading during a fire should be moved as far away from your home as practical. This is particularly important for wood piles or fire place stacks.
5. Any use of propane in grills or kitchens should be kept as far away from your home as possible. Safety codes from the City of Scottsdale regarding burying propane gas lines and securing tanks should be strictly followed.
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