As the snow piles melt and ground cover of duff, logs and sticks appear popping out of the snow this month there will be more and more biomass drying out. If past recent springs are an indication, it may be that May could be the driest month of the summer. It is a good time- if there are no burning bans- to clear the landscape and above canopy of any flammable material that is at least 30 foot from your dwelling. Thinning trees, pruning brush, reducing forest density, stacking firewood away from your above ground fuel tanks, and cleaning gutters of dry leaves all helps to make a “defensible space” so that if wildfires come in May (or any other of the summer months) they are least likely to creep up to your dwelling(s) and start it on fire.
Other things that will help your home to avoid damage are using fire-resistant roofing and siding, keep landscaping and wood cutting tools near by as well as have a long hose connected to a pump that you can power by generator if the electricity goes out. It goes without saying that trimming limbs that hang over the roof will help reduce the chance of floating embers from starting something up there on fire.
As you look at spring cleaning keep tools on hand and have a disposal system so that you can clear what you need to around the home so that if we do get the usual dry spring somewhat after breakup you can keep the fuel away from the house!