Wildland Fire Safety Starts in the Home
The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the area where urban and suburban development meets undeveloped areas containing natural vegetation. It can be a beautiful, quiet place to live, but with the benefits of being near nature come risks. One of the most pressing is wildfire, but others include risky interactions with wildlife such as bears and mountain lions, as well as physical phenomena such as floods and landslides.
Within the greater WUI, areas are classified as to their relative fire hazard severity zones. These are areas in mountains, foothills, and canyons where adjacency to vegetated areas, difficulty of access, and weather patterns pose greater risk of wildfire. CAL FIRE and the fire response agency in each local jurisdiction have determined where these areas are, and require the management of vegetative fuels near buildings. To find out if your property is in a fire hazard severity zone, contact your local fire agency.
SAFE Landscapes Programs
Fire resistant landscapes start at the structure.
Click here to download the Southern California SAFE Landscapes Guidebook
Click here for the SAFE Landscapes in the WUI Fact Sheet
Click here for the Making Your Property Fire Safe Fact Sheet
UCCE Collaborated on the Roadmap to Fire Safety in the Santa Monica Mountains
UC Fire Links:
UC Oak Woodland Management, for information on fire recovery in oak wildlands
UCANR Wildflowers Site, with information about native and invasive plants
Outside Links for More Information about Fire and Invasive Plants:
Los Angeles County Weed Management Area: http://www.lacountywma.org/
Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council's Weed Watch Program: http://weedwatch.lasgrwc.org/
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