Residents & Homeowners
Firefighters can’t always protect every home from wildfire - especially if you haven’t done your part to prepare. You can take important steps around your home to make it safer for you, your family, and your neighbors. Start now by setting an example and helping create Fire Adapted Communities before the next fire approaches!
- Talk to your local fire department about how to prepare for a wildfire, situational awareness before a fire, when to evacuate, and what you and your community should expect during a response
- Use the Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist to conduct a risk assessment on your property.
- Create a plan to address issues in your property’s Home Ignition Zone/ Defensible Space, including:
- maintaining a “fire-free” area around the perimeter of your home;
- managing vegetation along fences;
- clearing debris from decks and patios, eaves, and porches;
- selecting proper landscaping and plants;
- knowing the local ecology and fire history;
- moving radiant heat sources away from the home (i.e., wood piles, fuel tanks, sheds);
- thinning trees and ladder fuels around the home
- Develop a personal and family preparedness plan
- Support land management agencies by learning about wildfire risk reduction efforts, such as using prescribed fire to manage local landscapes
- Contact the local planning/zoning office to find out if your home is in a high wildfire risk area and if there are specific local or county ordinances you should be following
- If you have a homeowner association, work with them to identify regulations that incorporate proven preparedness landscaping, home design, and building material use, such as Firewise