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The owner of this home has marked pines and flammable brush with green ribbon for removal so the house will be safer from wildfire. Photo- Leon Konz

The owner of this home has marked pines and flammable brush with green ribbon for removal so the house will be safer from wildfire. Photo- Leon Konz

This photo is of the same house that had all the pines and flammable brush marked for removal. Now that the plants have been removed, fire fighters stand a much better chance to stay and protect it if wildfire threatens. Photo- Leon Konz

Grasses on flat or steep terrain can cause homes to burn, too. Fire travels fast in grassy fuels. Homes and portions of entire towns have been lost to grasses that were only a couple of inches high. Taller grasses, as shown in the photo, are much more hazardous. Photo- Leon Konz

Flammable pine trees are being removed by a contractor in the Firewise community of Norris Shores in Union County. All Firewise communites that have applied for Division of Forestry ěHazard Mitigationî grants have received some funding. Photo- Leon Konz

Rhododendron and mountain laurel are two of the most flammable shrubs that we have in the Tennessee woods. This cabin is at great risk if a fire should occur due to the amount of rhododendron, degree of slope, and because it is open underneath the flooring. Photo- Leon Konz

The Townsend Fire Department standbys at a home to ensure its safety while fire fighters from Great Smoky Mountains National Park do a prescribed fire to burn up large amounts of nearby hazardous brush. Photo- Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dense pines stands like this can pose a significant hazard to structures, especially if the structures are located close by and above the stands. Photo- Leon Konz

Pines spaced like this, with the flammable underbrush removed, pose little wildfire threat to structures. In addition, the park-like appearance is pleasing to the eye. Photo- Leon Konz

Homeowners and Tennessee Division of Forestry personnel teamed up at the Firewise Community of Sprucy Ridge in Johnson County to cut down and chip up rhododendron growing next to homes. The Division will loan a chipper to recognized Firewise communities that have received training and signed a cooperate agreement. Photo- Laura Comeaux

Highly flammable slash like this from cutting down pine trees should NOT be left next to roads. As is, if it burned under wildfire conditions it could possibly make this road impassible or residents could be injured trying to drive through an area of extreme heat. It is best to chip up or haul away slash like this. Photo- Leon Konz

This homeowner in the Firewise community of Cumberland Cove in Cumberland County has done an excellent job in getting rid of shrubs in the woods near the house. Woody debris that would act as fuel for a wildfire has been piled a safe distance from the house. Photo- Leon Konz