The sap is out of the trees making them lighter, easier to handle, and easier to burn. You can have a fire outdoors and not worry about burning the woods down.
I have recently removed a bunch of spruce near my house. Many of them are ones I planted years ago, and they looked very nice. Now days when I look at mature spruce I imagine the inferno they would produce when we have another forest fire. (I was a forest fire fighter in my youth)
I still have more to take out. At my place and at the GF's house. Helps the view also.
Safe zone around the house. In the summer I keep hoses on all my outdoor faucets so anyone passing by will be able to get water going quickly.
Think about it now, Friends. Spring time and fire season is just around the corner. The house you save might be your own.