Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Steps Protect Homes From Fires.(Mountain View)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Experts suggest that homeowners tackle "defensible space" projects by starting at their house and working out.

Some easy, inexpensive measures, such as quickly clearing pine needles that accumulate on roofs, can protect homes.

Defensible space is most effective if all the neighbors in an area do some work. Otherwise, flying embers from a burning house could ignite a house next door or one down the block.

Experts suggest these tips for creating defensible space:

* Define at least a 30-foot noncombustible zone around the house. Keep wood piles and other debris outside that zone. …

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