Wildfire/Bushfire Resources

How to protect facilities from this growing natural hazard

It's "wildfire" in the United States. "Bushfire" in Australia. Whatever the name, these quick-spreading fires are destructive—and fire season is getting longer. 

Here are steps you can take in advance to help protect your facilities that may be in the path of fire.


  • Remove combustible vegetation within 5 ft. (1.5 m) of buildings and equipment. 
  • Keep gutters free of debris.
  • Cover vents with wire mesh to keep burning embers out.
  • Remove all combustible yard storage.
  • Develop a written pre-incident plan with the public fire service.


  • Replace wood roof shingles with tiles or slate materials.
  • Remove exposing vegetation to create a reduced-fuel zone as outlined in FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 9-19, Wildland Fire.
  • Change exposed walls and windows to classify as non-combustible or 1-hour fire-rated exposed construction.
  • Provide an adequate and reliable water supply to meet automatic sprinkler and hose stream demands.

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