Tips To Fireproof Your Cannabis Farm
by Mrunal Paygude
California experienced its first “Gigafire” because of the August Complex fire causing heavy damage as well as four of California’s top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020.
According to The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 2020 was the most severe on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people(civilians and firefighters) were killed.
These practices can be applied while preparing a property for a Fire Prevention to help others avoid disaster and secure your cannabis farm:
- Clear a 100 feet “defensible space” around all structures, including combustible materials leaning against or under the house.
- Trim and prune tree limbs and branches to at least five feet above ground to break the “fire ladder” of combustible material. Trim higher the closer they are to structures. It is better to clean up fallen branches when mowing the meadow and pruning the trees.
- Mow your grassy areas or bring in the goats to eat your grasses.
- Automating the drip irrigation system will help if an evacuation mandate comes, the timers will continue watering the crops.
- Have water hoses at hand and clean out gutters regularly.
- Keep numerous fire extinguishers charged up to date
- Plot out an alternate escape route if you live at the end of the road and the fire cuts off that exit. Clear fallen limbs and excess brush along the exit road.
- If evacuation is required, there is an emergency clause in the cannabis regulations where cannabis can be evacuated with emergency documentation by a licensed distributor.