​Fire Mitigation

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For a fire to continue to burn it needs to be fed. What feeds a fire is fuel. Fuel may not be what you always think it is. Fuel is not gasoline or oil. Fuel for a fire is anything that burns and burns easily to help it continue to grow. When you have a lot of fuel in a fire prone area it is likely that you will get a raging forest fire when the season is dry and calls for them. Fire mitigation removes the sources of fuel around a homeowner’s property. This helps decrease heat and exposure to your home.

What Does Fire Mitigation Do?

Tree RemovalThe main purpose of fire mitigation is take away the potential fuels around a home that could create a higher risk of exposure and heat if a wild fire should occur. A wild fire is anything that is a brush fire, a grass fire and or a forest fire.  When these fires are fully engaged, minimizing the fire’s access to more fuel can control the potential for the fire to get larger. This mean removing the brush, the grass and the forest outside the fire so it cannot grow. In order to protect a home it means removing the trees, the brush, and the grass around the home.

What Fuel?

When you are making a fire at camp ground what are the things that you grab to help start the fire? Those are the same plants around your home that could invite a wild fire closer to your house. We call these plants fuel for the fire. These are brush, grass and forest. All of these are potential fuel sources when the weather is dry and hot and forest fires are starting up. The point of fire mitigation is to minimize the fire by making a space that is defensible. This assists in lowering the fire’s intensity and helps the fire crew fight the fire.

Space that is Defensible

This term defensible space is when there is a buffer created around your house that would not allow the spread of a wildfire. This space is made bye the removal of fuels. What we mean by fuels is the vegetation that would easily help a fire keep going. This area is cleared and reduced so the fire can only spread very slowly.  A defensible space does not mean that your house is fireproof but it allows for firefighters to have an area where they can safely fight the fire and help protect your home and the community.


Defensible space is a very important component to protecting your home. It has been said that a property’s ability to outlast a fire is very dependent on standard of the defensible space bordering the property. This has been said by the U.S. Forest Service, which shows you the importance of fire mitigation and planning out the fuel removal of a defensible space. When you need a well-defined buffer around your property to help ensure the slowing down of any wildfires we are the Full Tree Service for you. We know what we are doing, we are certified, and we are trained. Safety is one of our most important priorities. We care about our employees’ safety, your safety, your families safety and the firefighters that might help save your home. Find out much more details about us.

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