How to keep your home safe during fire season

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Black Forest Fire has taken down nearly 500 homes in Colorado. That puts a lot of residents in the Treasure Valley on alert when it comes to protecting their property from fire.

Homes in the foothills are especially at risk during fire season. So KBOI 2News talked with firefighters to find out how you can better protect your house.

Firefighters say it's important to have defensible space in your yard. Defensible space is landscaping that helps keep your house from catching fire.

Firefighters recommend keeping shrubs and trees trimmed. They also suggest clearing out 50 to 100 feet of the space around your home and replacing grass with dirt or gravel.

Boise Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Pawek says keeping vegetation away from a house can stop a fire from spreading all the way up to the structure.

"It gives us a chance to potentially stop it from around their house," he said, "But if we're unable to get to their house, hopefully burn around it and not do as much damage."

Pawek says to think of anything green in your yard as 'fuel to a fire'. He says the key to not letting fire season be any worse than it has to be, is to landscape with that in mind.