FLOWER MOUND (CBS11) – Flower Mound resident Lauren Lagreca was surprised when a firefighter showed up at her Franklin Hills home with a glossy, six-page pamphlet titled, “Wildfire Action Guide.”
“We live in the city so I wasn’t even aware of it,” Lagreca said. “So I kind of looked through it and said what is this?”
What she was looking at was a thorough guide to protecting homes from wildfires. And it’s a warning to this neighborhood: you are in danger.
“This neighborhood was identified as an extreme risk to wildfire,” said Brandon Barth with the Flower Mound Fire Department. “So, we felt that a little public education going door to door would be good for this neighborhood.”
Firefighters handed out the pamphlets throughout Lagreca’s neighborhood. It and others like it are nestled in trees, brush and grass that flourished in spring rains, dried and are now fuel for a fire.
“A lot of the homes in this neighborhood are wood siding and abutting the tree line,” Barth said. “There’s hardly any defendable space to speak of.”
Defendable space is an area around a house that would keep fires like this away from the structure — an area with low grass, few bushes and trees trimmed back.
“The more defendable space that is there the more chance of stopping a fire and saving the structure,” Barth said.
Now aware of the situation, Lagreca will give the pamphlet a look.
“I’ll probably look through it a little bit more now that we’re aware of it and see if there’s anything we can do,” she said.
Find out how to protect your family and home from wildfire here.
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