Prepare for Wildfire
Fire is an inevitable part of living in California, but there are key ways to prepare. Building resistance in the surrounding landscape, the WUI area, and in your structures are necessary to improve your chances of withstanding wildland fire.
Use the following resources to understand your risks, identify resources, and know your limitations when implementing preventative treatments.
Identify Your Local Fire Hazard Ranking
Defensible space does more than just preventing fire from reaching your home. Defensible space gives fire fighters a safe area from which they can defend your property.
Embers are the primary cause of home ignition during fire. Choosing the right building materials and design features to reduce the influence of embers on your home can drastically improve your home's chances of survival.
Home landscaping in California must consider threat from fire. The best plants are low lying species with strong root systems that can easily respond to fire.
- Texas, (2014) Environmental Best Management Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Recovery, Wildfire Ready Austin
- DeGomez, Jones, (2013) Fire Safety for Wildland Homes, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
- Quarles, S.L. et al. (2010) Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas: Building Materials and Design Considerations, UC Agricultural and Natural Resources
- Alexander, M.E. (2006) You are about to be entrapped or burned over by a wildfire: what are your survival options?, Forest Ecology and Management