Wildland Fire Information

Each year, wildland fires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface – defined as areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildland fire. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildland fire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures. There is no better time than now to prepare and educate your family, friends and neighbors.

 

Make sure everyone knows what to do to protect people and homes in case of fire.
 

  • Prepare around your home. If your home is built in or near the forest, follow these steps to protect your home from wildfire. When developing your home landscaping, try planting fire-resistant plants to help reduce your risk from wildfire.
     

  • Know the outdoor burning rules. Department of Natural Resources regulates outdoor burning on all forestlands where we provide wildfire protection. Don’t burn outdoors until you know the rules.
     

  • Have a plan when it's time to leave - Ready, Set, Go!

Wildfire Preparedness Tips:

 

  • Take time to create defensible space around your home.
     

  • Find an outdoor water source with a hose that can reach any area of your property.
     

  • Create a fire-resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home. Keep lawns and vegetation low and green.
     

  • Make sure driveway entrances and your house number or address are clearly marked so fire vehicles can get to your home.

 

What is DefensibleSpace?
It is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it helps protect your home from catching fire—either from embers, direct flame contact or radiant heat. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in, to defend your home.