During a wildfire, it is extremely common for the fire to generate blizzards of embers. The wind picks them up and blows them about much like snow in a blizzard. In fact, these wind blown embers can be deposited up to ¼ mile ahead of the fire. They can easily start little fires when they land on a dry bed of leaves or needles.

Sweep your gutters, eaves and roof regularly. Keep your roof clear. Prevent a buildup of needles and leaves in these areas that are susceptible to wind blown embers.

Stack firewood well away from your home or outbuildings. Although it's very convenient to stack firewood under the porch or the eaves, it's not in your best interest to do so. To say the least, you're inviting trouble. Sparks from a wildfire can ignite firewood.


It will be just like building a large bonfire right next to your house. Stack your firewood well away from anything that is combustible, including fences and outbuildings. If you have to stack firewood within 30 feet of your home, consider screening, covering or enclosing it in some fashion that would keep embers from reaching it.

Screen Nooks and Crannies
The goal here is to prevent sparks and embers from blowing into vulnerable places in your home like crawl spaces, attics, or under porches and overhangs. If embers reach these areas and start a fire, by the time it is visible, it is often too late to save the home. Screen these openings with a metal ¼ inch mesh or smaller and keep them free of fuel.