Using Fire-Resistant Plants to Defend Against Wildfire

"Fire-resistant does not mean fireproof," cautions State Fire Marshal Mike Matlick, "these plants can still be damaged and killed by the heat and flames."

If you still desire plant species that are highly flammable in your landscape, plant them more than 30 feet from any structure or other items that can burn, such as woodpiles and fences.

Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes – Selecting plants that may reduce your risk from wildfire is a free electronic publication available online at http://www.firefree.org/.  Homeowners can also visit http://www.firewise.org/ for tips and ideas on how to protect their home from wildfire.

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