The combination of freezing temperatures over the winter and dry conditions during the spring may have destroyed vegetation surrounding our homes, and that could be the material needed to fuel a fire.
The Las Cruces Fire Department encourages residents to remove dead plant material from their yards as dry grasses, weeds, chaparral and other flammable landscaping surrounding homes and outbuildings can pose a significant fire danger.
Homeowners should use the concept of “defensible space” to guide them when protecting residences and outbuildings from fire. A defensible space refers to a natural or man-made clearing, or open area, that borders structures and is free of combustible materials.
It is recommended that all dead vegetation – dry grasses, weeds and chaparral – be removed from the property. All vegetation that is not fire-resistive should be no closer than thirty feet from structures. Trees should be trimmed so they are no closer than 10 feet from structures and electrical wires.