To keep NRG’s Firewise membership active, each year we must submit data on fire-prevention efforts. For 2023, here’s what’s wanted from each household:
VOLUME of vegetation removed*
TIME spent fireproofing any/everything
MONEY spent fireproofing any/everything.
Please try to keep track, so you can respond to the following questions this fall.
VOLUME of vegetation (cubic yards*); how much did you:
a. Haul away
b. Reduce by burning
c. Recycle/reuse elsewhere.
TIME spent (hours) on wildfire risk reduction for:
a. Your house
b. Landscape up to 100 ft from your house
c. Common areas beyond your property.
d. Also, time spent participating in Firewise meetings, events, etc.
MONEY spent (dollars) on wildfire risk reduction:
a. Chipper costs
b. Contractor costs
c. Home improvement costs
d. DIY landscaping costs
e. Miscellaneous costs.
f. Also, vehicle mileage: attending meetings, hauling slash, etc.
***** How big is a cubic yard? Some comparisons:
1 cubic yard = 202 gallons
Your Green Waste Barrel holds at least 1 cubic yard (so, up to 52 per year)
A large Lawn and Leaf Bag holds about 2 cubic yards
A Pickup Truck bed holds about 3 cubic yards
A Dump Truck holds about 12 cubic yards.
If you have acreage to clear, one acre = 4,840 square yards.
If all the weeds cut down would leave slash averaging a foot thick,
that acre would yield about 4,840/3 = 1,647 cubic yards of vegetation.
If only an average half-foot of slash, 4,840/6 = 807 cubic yards.