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The Fire Smart Home Handbook: Preparing for and Surviving the Threat of Wildfire

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As climate change continues to wreak havoc on the environment, devastating wildfires, both natural and manmade, are increasing. The figure for average acres burned has increased from almost 2 million acres in 1992 to nearly 7 million in 2012, which set a new record with an average of 165 acres burned per fire. Things are heating up, but global warming isn't the only problem. Budgets for fire suppression have been slashed severely. The number of air tankers has decreased from 44 in 2002 to just 9 in 2012, which ...

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Overview

As climate change continues to wreak havoc on the environment, devastating wildfires, both natural and manmade, are increasing. The figure for average acres burned has increased from almost 2 million acres in 1992 to nearly 7 million in 2012, which set a new record with an average of 165 acres burned per fire. Things are heating up, but global warming isn't the only problem. Budgets for fire suppression have been slashed severely. The number of air tankers has decreased from 44 in 2002 to just 9 in 2012, which means fast attacks on fledgling fires will grow more difficult in the future. If you live in a wildland-urban interface, the zone between unoccupied and developed land, sooner or later fire will happen. Fortunately you can prepare for the worst, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. This highly detailed and practical reference guide will help you live more safely in the red zone and save you time and money along the way, providing multiple methods of risk mitigation along with the financial level of each action. Effectively prepping your land can even enhance the scenery and increase the value of your home. 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. Even if you live in the middle of a suburb, the information on how fires start and spread and how to deal with insurance claims will prove enlightening and helpful. No one can guarantee that your house or land will survive if a major conflagration erupts, but you can greatly improve your odds with this book and a little preparation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
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.)
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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 Home Handbook is essential reading for people who live in fire-prone areas because it offers practical information on how you can reduce the threat of wildfire against yourself and your neighbors."—Paul L. Cooke, director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control"As a warming and drying climate, a history of poor forest management, and rampant development of America's most flammable landscapes bring an explosion of wildfires, Clyde Soles provides a prescription that will help residents of fire-prone forests, grasslands, and bushlands keep their houses from burning. We can only hope that homeowners who don't recognize the threat that wildfires pose to their property find this book before the flames find their homes."— Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes and associate director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado
Library Journal
04/01/2014
If you live in a "red zone," one of the world's ever-increasing areas at risk for wildfires, get ready. That's the mantra from Colorado-based author Soles, who brings his own experiences living through multiple wildfires to this homeowner's guide. In ten detailed chapters, Soles explains how wildfires begin and behave and the "fire mitigation" strategies with which to prep your land and home for its best potential as "survivable space," which may actually enhance the scenery and value of your property. Soles also supplies the necessary information on insurance and evacuation planning to have in place. VERDICT This surprisingly inspiring reference urges readers to be prepared for the threat of wildfires.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762796908
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,381,846
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Clyde Soles is the author of ten 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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