With forest fires currently raging in Colorado and New Mexico and as we enter our own fire season, I thought it might be worthwhile to examine the use of plants and landscaping techniques to help create a fire-resistant barrier around your home.
Unfortunately, fires do happen, but as any number of fire authorities can attest, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the San Diego County Land Use and Environment Department, there are a number of things you can do to help protect your home. Two additional sources of information on the subject are the Firewise Web site, created by the National Wildlife Coordinating Group (a resource for much of this material), and the State of California Web site.
Guide To Landscaping
The primary goal for Firewise landscaping is fuel reduction — limiting the level of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation. This includes the entire ‘home ignition zone’ which extends up to 200 feet in high hazard areas.
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