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Firescaping can protect homes during wildfire season

The landscape adjacent to the house is non-combustible.
Landscape + fire-prone area x protect = firescaping. The newly coined word offers hope to people who love living in wildland areas but fear a wildfire could wipe out their homes and belongings, reported Suzanne Sproul in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The article also appeared in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Daily Breeze and the LA Daily News.

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) experts says its impossible to eliminate the risk, but firescaping can lessen the danger.

"I know people want to avoid moonscapes in their yards, but there are plenty of choices out there," said UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist Tom Scott.

The article suggests homeowners

  • Trim overgrown plants
  • Replace highly flammable plants and trees - such as eucalyptus and palms - with less flammable plants - such as ocotillo and Calla lilies
  • Use creative hardscapes, such as non-combustible fencing and inorganic mulches

The article included a link to UC ANR Cooperative Extension's information on fire safe landscaping.

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1:54 PM
Tags: Tom Scott (8), wildfire (181)

Comments:

1.
This is very helpful post for the place who are very prone from wild fire. Safety precaution is very important. Home alarm system can help you to determine if the disaster is closer to your home.

Posted by Andrew Cooper on September 2, 2015 at 7:34 AM

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