Firefighter Work Building Firebreaks

Wildfire the 2003 Season
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But, as they're working hard to protect our local communities, have you done your part?

As far as the eye can see there is bone-dry brush dangerously close to homes, but not for long!

The Bureau of Land Management employees were in Lemmon Valley taking a pro-active approach against this year's fire season.

Heavy machinery was used to clear a defensible space from wildfires.

What is left after they clear the fire break is a lot of dry mulch and it's only 100 feet away from these homes in the area off of Oregon Drive in the rear of Lemmon Valley.

The homes are similar to one that belongs to Sally Pappas. Her family has also taken a pro-active approach in helping to prevent wildfires from threatening their home.

"We have a lot of protection. We have defensible space but I'm really glad they are clearing it," said Pappas of the BLM efforts nearby.

But not everyone has done their part.

Many homes have flammable material, like wood piles, only a few feet away. These few feet that could mean life or death for firefighters - or possible destruction for your home.

"I don't think it's a matter of if, it's a matter of when, " said BLM ecologist Mike McQueen.

But there are things you can do to help- such as clearing at least 30 feet of dry brush and grass away from your home.

If you have questions BLM fire education core has the answers, they can be reached at (775) 885-6000.

Firefighters say the sooner the better. By helping them they can protect you and your home.

If you're still not sure what to do BLM can inspect your home for free.