The Guidelines for Firewise Construction brochure was created specifically for the residents of Ashland to provide a framework for choosing appropriate fire-resistant construction materials for homes. In an urban environment like Ashland, homes can be very close together sharing defensible space zones with neighboring structures. This makes using Firewise materials even more important for the safety of your neighborhood.
Anything attached to the house (decks, porches, fences and outbuildings) should be considered part of the house. These act as fuel bridges, particularly if constructed from flammable materials. Use masonry or metal barriers to separate flammable construction from the house.
In an urban fire-prone environment like Ashland, a combination of Firewise construction and landscaping is a necessary tool to keeping fire from spreading throughout our community. Consider this brochure when remodeling or building your house.
Note about brochure: the included pdf file is meant to be printed double sided on 11x17 inch paper, and tri-folded. Printed copies are available at Ashland Fire Station # 1 and by request. Please contact Alison Lerch at 541-552-2231 for more information.