As communities get outside to enjoy the summer weather, it is the perfect time to talk about defensible space. Every property should have this buffer between the property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it.
Defensible space is vital to slowing or stopping the spread of wildfire and helps protect properties from embers, direct flame contact, or radiant heat. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in.
We have selected the following resources from fire protection experts specifically for the environmental health community to motivate residents into action. Defensible space can save structures and lives. #defensiblespace
- Oregon State University Extension Fire Program: Resources about fire behavior and smoke management, webinars, and a fire science curriculum. Share their Tweets.
- National Fire Protection Association Firewise USA: Program to create small community groups that conduct a community wildfire risk assessment, create an action plan, and take actions to reduce wildfire risk. Share their Tweets.
- Firewise USA sites: Map of sites that are Firewise.
- ReadyforWildfire.org: Resources from CAL Fire for homeowners, plans for statewide mitigation, task forces, and defensible space inspections.
- CAL Fire: Ready for Wildfire: Evacuation guide with 30 second videos.
- CAL Fire Before/After: A Twitter post from the @FresnoCoFire that shows good #DefensibleSpace. Share their Tweets.