Understanding Defensible Space: Zone 0

The five feet around your house should stop embers in their tracks It’s warming up in Butte County! We’re sure the first thing on your mind isn’t maintaining your defensible space, but this is really a prime time for thinking about it. It’s hot and dry out there, and if something were to trigger a […]

How to Prepare for Your Defensible Space Inspection

Keep your home safe and ready for inspection at any time Defensible space is intended to discourage the start and spread of fire on your property, and Butte County is required to conduct defensible space inspections. Yes, defensible space inspections are required by law—but don’t get nervous. They’re not “gotcha” inspections; they’re designed to help […]

What is a prescribed burn?

The importance of a controlled burn Let’s start with a quiz. Fill in the blank: Prescribed burning is…? a) holding your temper during a heated family dinner argument.b) swearing only in your head when a lousy umpire calls your kid out at first.c) using fire to control vegetation for sound environmental purposes. Okay, a case […]

How to become a Firewise community

Don’t Just Be Fire-Safe; Be “Firewise” Did you know: The National Fire Protection Association has a program called Firewise USA®, which helps individual communities become recognized Firewise communities. A Firewise community can be certified if a designated leader in that community fills out a risk assessment and action plan and submits the application, regardless of […]

Give the Gift of “Go”: Holiday Gift Ideas

Nothing says “happy holidays” more than protection and peace of mind You might not think of Be Ready, Butte! as a source for holiday gift ideas, but you might be surprised. Celebrate a fire-safe holiday season by helping friends and family “Get ready to be ready” in the event of a fire. The following four […]

Valuable Lessons We Learned from the Camp Fire

As we reflect on five years, refresh your memory on fire safety The infamous Camp Fire happened five years ago, but the memory of it is still strong throughout Butte County. Many people died, more than 18,000 structures were destroyed, and the towns of Paradise and Concow were nearly obliterated—all due to an electrical line […]

Do You Have Enough Home Insurance?

Don’t let fire find you underinsured. Being ready means being realistic. A lot of fire precautions focus on making it harder for fire to reach your house or for embers to ignite when they land. But we also need to plan for the possibility of fire getting past even the most strategically laid out landscape, […]

What Is Defensible Space?

5 ways to create barriers between your home and approaching wildfire. We talk about it a lot, but what is defensible space? In a nutshell, defensible space is property laid out and landscaped in a way that makes it difficult for fire to reach a home. Here’s how to create defensible space on your property: […]

Have Your “Go Bag” Ready When “Go Time” Comes

The only thing you should have to think about is grabbing it. Evacuations happen, so be ready for them. We do everything we can to hold wildfire at bay, but there are times when you just have to get out of its way and let firefighters have room to do their job. When that eventuality […]

Home Hardening Is a Job for All Seasons

More and more, fire seems to be setting its own seasonal schedule, making any time the right time to work on making your home fire-safe. What is “home hardening?” Home hardening is the process of making your home as fire-unfriendly as possible, making it “hard” for fire to cause damage. It can be a big […]