Firewise

Firewise Communities
Firewise is a National program that emphasizes homeowner responsibility and community participation in wildfire home safety. It encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. To save lives and property from wildfire, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.

When adequately prepared, a house can withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of the fire service. In fact, a house and its surrounding community can be both Firewise and compatible with the area’s ecosystem. The Firewise Communities/USA recognition program enables communities in all parts of the United States to achieve a high level of protection against wildland/urban interface fire as well as sustainable ecosystem balance. Firewise Communities/USA program provides residents of the wildland/urban interface with the knowledge and skill necessary to make it happen.

By addressing home construction, landscaping and preparedness, Firewise can make the difference. Find out how today by visiting firewise.org, or by calling Jackson County Fire District 3 and asking for more information about how to become Firewise.

Defensible Space
Request a Defensible Space evaluation by calling Ashley Lara, at 541-831-2778.

What is Defensible Space?
Defensible Space is the area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat. It provides an opportunity for firefighters to effectively defend and potentially save a home from burning to the ground. Sometimes Defensible Space is simply a homeowner’s properly maintained backyard. While in other situations it involves removing trees and substantial amounts of brush and shrubs. So what can you do to create Defensible Space around your home?

 A Guide to Being Firewise

The structure:

  • Is your address clearly visible to emergency response personnel?
  • All combustible materials removed from beneath decks, stairways and overhangs?
  • All pine needles removed from roof and gutter?
  • Wire mesh chimney cap (spark arrester) in place?
  • All pine needles and combustible mulch kept clear year round? All flammable vegetation removed?

Within 5ft of a Home:

  • All pine needles and combustible mulch kept clear year round?
  • All flammable vegetation removed?

Within 30ft of a Home:

  • All dead trees removed?
  • Pine needles removed once a year?
  • All limbs removed within 10 feet of the structure?
  • All branches, bark chunks, scrap lumber removed?
  • Weeds and dead grasses cut two inches or shorter.
  • Firewood, lumber, and large woody materials removed at least 30 feet from structures and covered?
  • Flammable shrubs separated by twice the average shrub height?
  • All highly flammable ornamental vegetation removed? (i.e. juniper, arborvitae, mugo pine)

Within 100ft of a Home:

  • All dry, flammable vegetation within 100 feet of structure removed?
  • All trees limbed ten feet from the ground?
  • Excessively dense tree cover removed/break up continuous vegetation? (Trees larger than or equal to 14″ diameter at breast height (4.5 feet above ground) require a permit for removal.)
  • Is the vegetation within the recommended Defensible Space area maintained on a regular basis?

Firewise Resources

  1. Fire Resistant Plant Species Lists and Booklets
  2. Fire Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes
  3. Fireproof shrubs and trees book
  4. Fire Resistant Privacy Screening Plants
  5. Fireproof shrubs and trees book
  6. The Combustibility of Landscape Mulches
  7. The Combustibility of Landscape Mulches
  8. Be Ember Prepared