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The fire smart home handbook : preparing for and surviving the threat of wildfire

Author: Clyde Soles
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014] ©2014
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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
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clyde Soles
ISBN: 9780762796908 0762796901
OCLC Number: 857803725
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 268 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Wildfire --
Basics of wildland fire --
Heat --
Fuel --
Oxygen --
Wildfire causes --
Fire behavior --
Wind --
Drought --
Topography --
Extreme fire conditions --
Danger ratings --
Wildland types --
Beetle-killed forests --
Ponderosa pine / Douglas fir --
Lodegepole pine --
Subalpine conifers --
Pinyon-juniper woodland --
Grass and desert shrub --
Chaparral and woodlands --
Riparian zones --
Eastern forests --
Carbon cycle and wildfires --
2. Survivable space --
Rule of survivable space --
Know our property --
Evaluating your property --
New home considerations --
Urban edge --
Intermix living --
Rural living --
Wildland living --
Firescape --
Designating zones --
Shaded fuelbreaks --
Firebreaks --
Safety zone --
3. Tools of the trade --
Hand tools --
Pruning saw --
Hatchet and ax --
Brush tool --
Swing blades --
Winch and pulleys --
Pole saw --
Pruning pole --
Stirrup hoe --
Tree puller --
Rakes --
McLeod tool --
Pulaski tool --
Pickeroon --
Slash sling --
Extension ladder --
Goats --
Power tools --
Power tool safety --
Fuel --
Chain saws --
String trimmer --
Brush cutter --
Power pole saw --
Cordless reciprocating saw --
Power capstan --
Wood chipper --
Rough terrain mower --
4. Caring for your land --
Fire-resistant plants --
Propane tank --
Help firefighters --
Mistletoe --
Bark beetles --
Invasive plants --
Pruning --
Basics of tree felling --
Preparing to cut --
Tree felling primer --
Felling problem trees --
Releasing hung trees --
Girdling trees --
Processing trees --
Slash disposal --
Hauling --
Chipping --
Lopping and scattering --
Open burning --
Using an air curtain burner --
5. Prepare your home --
Passive resistance --
Building materials --
Windows --
Doors --
Vents --
Chimneys --
Gutters --
Enclosed spaces --
Fences --
INternal sprinkler system --
Computer backups --
Fire-resistant safe --
Fire bunker --
Active suppression --
Fire extinguishers --
Hoses --
Well pressure tanks --
Fire cistern --
Water pumping systems --
Flame-retardant spray --
Fire foam --
Fire gel --
Fire wrap --
External sprinkler systems --
Standby generator --
Fire-retardant systems --
Fire sensors --
wildfire protection service --
Community projects --
Firearm safety --
6. Prepare your finances --
Inventory --
Securing the inventory --
Insurance --
Insurance pitfalls --
Flood insurance --
7. Evacuation planning --
Communication planning --
Evacuation vehicles --
Evacuation kit --
Evacuation lists --
Practice runs --
Neighborhood watch --
Pet evacuation --
Livestock evacuation --
8. When the fire roars --
Fire watch --
Evacuate now! --
Evacuation procedure --
Evacuation living --
Smoke protection --
Stay tuned --
Worst-case scenario --
Caught at home --
Caught in the car --
Caught in the open --
Fire shelters --
9. Fire fight --
Fire management --
Types of firefighters --
Fire vehicles --
Fire attack --
Aerial assault --
The home front --
Containment --
Mop-up --
10. After the fire --
Examine your property --
Total loss --
Protect your property --
Erosion control --
Insurance claims --
Damaged property --
Rebuilding or relocating --
Restoring land --
Evaluating trees --
Replanting --
Mental health --
Recovery --
Recap.
Responsibility: Clyde Soles ; foreword by Molly Mowery.

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."--

"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"--

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"A good primer for anyone who wants to understand wildfires." -Durango Herald"No threat is left untouched in this handbook worthy of a firefighters academy library." -Publishers Weekly"The Fire Smart Read more...

 
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