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Matt Cyrus is a property owner and fire fighter in Cloverdale, Oregon and he may have saved his own and other people's property through fuel reduction on his property.

A small brush fire started on his property and because there were no ladder fuels, which could have lead to another wildfire it was able to be easily extinguished before causing any damage.

John Thomas deputy fire chief of the Cloverdale fire department says there are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe as well, "we would like to see you clear the area around your home, not to a moonscape, but to a low fuels within the first 30 feet and then reduce the ladder fuels within 100 feet"

Thomas says that sagebrush is the most common ladder fuel in Central Oregon and that certain shrubs next to the house surrounded by much are especially vulnerable.

You can check with your local fire department for a list of fire resistant plants for landscaping.

Property owners can apply for grants from F.E.M.A. through their Pre-disaster Mitigation Grant Program for fuel reduction and fire mitigation for larger plots of land.

 

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