Keeping a tidy yard offers more than just good looks, it also makes it more fire resistant.
 
Firefighters are recommending residents keep their lawns at a height of about 10 centimetres.
 
"I believe it's a good length in between keeping your grass green so it doesn't dry out and not too long that it starts to become a place where things can get going," explained Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department captain Doug Stein. "Green grass usually doesn't burn necessarily but short grass definitely dries out."
 
Rocks, grass clippings and tree branches that are maintained and minimizing debris in yards, also helps to decrease the fire risk.
 
Stein estimated the fire risk in Fort Saskatchewan to be about moderate (as of August 9).
 
He said the river valley is a fire risk with the dry brush. The valley has already seen a wildfire on the west bank this year.
 
"If you have a backyard fire pit, just keep the area clean so sparks don't cause a fire, fire is possible in just about everywhere."
 
Stein added that fires always happen when they're not expected. Keeping lawns at roughly 10 centimetres and tidying up keeps the Fort one step ahead of the potential for fire.

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