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If you live in a densely wooded area, you face a very real danger. Wildfires destroy hundreds of thousands of acres every year. This year has seen a record-setting number of them. Especially if you live in a rural area, what can you do to protect yourself from this threat?

Stay informed. Your local fire department, forestry office, emergency management office, or other local authorities likely offer helpful information for homeowners regarding fire laws, building codes, and fire prevention and protection measures. Perhaps just as important, though, is scheduling a professional home inspection, which will give you helpful recommendations about how to keep your property safe.

Take practical measures. Reducing the amount of fuel on your property is critical. Fallen or low-hanging tree limbs, areas with dense tree populations, overgrown shrubs and branches, and even climbing vines on your home can keep a fire burning strong. Removing these can play a big role in preventing significant fire damage.

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