With Durango in the midst of a wildfire, many people’s homes are in danger—some people have already been evacuated from their homes. Conditions are frighteningly favorable for wildfire: our winter snowpack was a fraction of what it normally is, conditions are dry, and the weather is hot and windy. Even when your home isn’t in direct danger of fire, your property should be wildfire-ready. These tips can help protect your home, both now and in the future. Clear the Space Around Your Home Create a 10-foot fire-defensible perimeter around your property by clearing brush, trees, woodpiles, and landscaping with non-flammable materials like concrete, gravel, and well-watered grass. If there is a high threat of wildfire, consider removing all leafy or piney plants and wooden features around your home. Screen and Seal Your Eaves and Vent Openings Homes often burn from the inside out. If improperly sealed, the eaves and vent openings of your home can allow embers to enter and spread the fire indoors. Keeping gutters clean and free of flammable debris can also help to prevent fire from spreading to the interior of your home. Clear and Protect Your Roof Your home’s roof is one of its biggest liabilities in the event of a fire. Ensure that your home’s roof is Class A-rated and that the roof and siding are constructed of fire-resistant materials like asphalt shingle, tile, or metal. Clear any pine needles, overhanging branches, and other materials that could ignite from airborne embers. Develop a Fire Safety Plan Develop a fire safety plan with your family, including a home fire drill that your family knows and practices. Keep valuables and important items like identification, legal files, and prescription medication together in an accessible location, so you can grab them quickly if necessary. Returning Home After a Wildfire Your home and surroundings may be changed or damaged when you return home. If your home has been damaged, it’s important to consult authorities and follow all warnings and signs before safely entering your home. If your property hasn’t sustained visible damage but there was fire nearby, it’s still important to follow all warnings before entering, as well as to have your home well-inspected for unseen structural damage. AMCAT Roofing has been constructing quality roofs in Albuquerque, Durango, Aztec, and the surrounding areas for years. As part of the Durango community, we hope that all those affected by the fire can safely return to their homes soon.