Reduce Risk From Fire

Heat and drought will increase the risk of wildfires as much as 57% by the end of the century, according to a recent UN report. Invasives increase fire risks. But native plants can reduce both risk and damage from wildfires. Fire-resistant landscaping emphasizes low-growing, deep-rooted, moisture retaining plants. Plant trees and shrubs away from buildings. Hardwood trees (maple, poplar, cherry) are less flammable than conifers. Live oaks in the fire climax communities of the west block flying embers from wildfires and form a good buffer against fire for buildings.