Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 3-9, 2015. Follow our daily updates for an easy, step by step guide to protecting your home!
This week, FIRESafe MARIN will provide a simple, 7 day guide to improving your home and family's wildfire preparedness with simple, easy, inexpensive tips.
Day 4: Choose the Right Plants
Plant selection in your garden and the space surrounding your home can play an important role in protecting your property, and your neighborhood, during a wildfire. FIRESafe MARIN pioneered the concept of a "fire safe" plant list in the early 1990s, partnering with the University of California to develop a list of fire resistant landscaping plants specific to Marin county, and northern California's mediterrannean climate. Remember that all of California's native plants are adapted to fire - some are resistant to fire and when well maintained require little water and slow the spread of fire. However, many California natives are among the most flammable plants on earth. Don't assume that because it's a "native" it will help protect your home from fire!