TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Every year we hear just how important it is to keep a defensible space around our homes in time for wildfire season.
Dramatic video just released by the Colorado Springs Fire Department shows what a difference it can make.
"Now you see that the fire is trying to travel up those trees, but the homeowner did a good job trimming those trees back," a fire official narrates in the video shot this week.
Tijeras firefighter Tim Kirkpatrick says it's a message that's especially important for those living in the East Mountains.
"The attitude that some have of, 'Oh, well, it's insured. Let it burn,' is really inconsiderate of neighbors and the forest around you," he said.
Don't count Tijeras resident April Fletcher as part of that group. She and her husband have spent more than a decade making their home firewise.
"It will come through," she said. "We want to have forest left and we want to have a house left. We believe that's possible."
Fletcher and her husband have thinned the vegetation around their house, installed a steel roof, and kept their fuel tank and firewood away from their house, among other measures.
The National Fire Protection Association has guidelines for how to reduce the risk of a wildfire damaging your home.
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