Landscape Professional

Wildfire Safety Education


Wildfire Safety Education

 
 

Building a fire safe landscape


Building a fire safe landscape

 
 
 

Creating the site

  • Design with fire safe principles
  • Install the design so that it "works"
  • Maintain the planted landscape to minimize the effect of fire
 

Design


Design

 
 
 

Why plan ahead?

(the benefits of design)

 

  • Saves money
  • Saves time
  • Protects quality of life
  • Saves lives
 

Design


Design

 
 
 

Understanding the site

  • Wildfire risk zone
  • Lay of the land
  • Logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Water sources
  • Plant community
 

Site Plan – Zone 1


Site Plan – Zone 1

 
 
 
  • Develop the Design
  • Define Defensible Space
  • Use wildfire-resistant materials and methods
 

Site Plan – Zone 2


Site Plan – Zone 2

 
 
 
  • 30' to 100' from structures
  • Thin and remove dead wood
  • Use wildfire-resistant materials and methods
  • Wide paths create mini-fuel breaks
  • Use spacing to prevent fire traveling or climbing
 

Site Plan – Plant Palette


Site Plan – Plant Palette

 
 

Considerations

  • Compatibility
  • Flammability
  • Low maintenance
  • Reduced water use
 

Installation


Installation

 
 

Limiting Conditions

  • Animal damage
  • Buried rock
  • Intense summer heat (which can sunburn plants)
  • Armillaria root disease
  • Phytophthora
  • Root rot
  • Winter flooding
  • Soil limitations
 

Maintenance


Maintenance

 
 
 
  • Proper maintenance is crucial to wildfire safety
  • Talk with the original designer or installer – they know what was intended.
  • Well-maintained landscapes increase safety for homeowners, firefighters and neighbors
 

Review


Review

 
 
 
  • Design according to location and best practices
  • Install to ensure successful establishment of fire safe landscapes
  • Maintain new, established, and aging landscapes appropriately.

Close


Thank You

 
 

 

Contact Information


Contact Information

Kathy Nolan
ASLA, PLA 5728, PCA 73582 C-27 915632
studio landscape corp.
214 B Bryant Street
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-8384
kn@studio-landscape.com

Mike Inaba
Inaba Horticulture
P.O. Box 245
Ojai, CA 93024
(805) 279-8633
Email: mdi@inabahort.net
Web: http://www.inabahort.net