The things I learned ( my brother was in the volunteer fire department ) is to start early in the year, like mid-spring, for brush clearance ( not just mowing ). Yes clearance!!! We see many people start mowing the brush around their property around late June/early July or later and leave it on the ground when the brush is already dry, this is too late and too little. Brush mowings left on the ground are fuel just waiting to be ignited and for the wind to carry them forward to create more fire. If you must wait until the brush is dry use a disc harrow which turns the brush into the soil therefore removing fuels. Trim tree branches up 8 feet from the ground where possible. Know where those areas around your house (and buildings ) are where the wind deposits the leaves and remove them at least every other week, add to your compost pile ( simple wire fencing circle works ). Keep brush trimmed from along your driveway and roadways ( note: the county does not clear the brush from roadways ). Do not pile up stuff against your house, garage or shop. Have enough hose length to reach the corners of your property, install water lines to each corner and install spigots for your hoses, 2 sets of hoses are better. If you can afford it install in-ground water storage tanks and keep a pump and generator ( the power WILL go out!!! ).
Remember "NO FUEL, NO FIRE".