We've selected some videos on YouTube that help demonstrate some FirewWise concepts.
Protect Your Home
Is Your Home Safe From A Wildfire? 2011 Edition (English; PDF format)
Tips and Suggestions
- 50 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Home
- 25 FireWise Tips
- Homeowner Wildfire Assessment Form (English; Word format).
- Design For Safety (English; PowerPoint format; 24MB)
- Green Not Black (English; PowerPoint format; 33MB)
- Defensible Space (English; PowerPoint format; 28MB)
- Home Hazard Test - this easy online test will help you identify potential fire hazrads at your home and property.
Preparing For Wildfires
- Checklist: When a Wildfire Approaches Your Home (English; PDF format).
- Prepare Your Home For Wildfire Season (English; PDF format).
- Evacuation Plan - plan and practice leaving your home during an emergency.
The Virginia Department of Forestry, in conjunction with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the National Park Service, provides the following Land Care Steward/FireWise information. Please visit
- Advanced Master Gardener | Master Gardener | National Park Service - Fire section
- The Homeowner's Role - If you already live in, or plan to build in, a rural area, you should take fire into account.
- Checklist: Construction - Design and build a FireWise home.
- Checklist: Landscaping - To create a FireWise landscape, remember that the primary goal is fuel reduction.
- Virginia Firescapes FireWise Landscaping for Woodland Homes - Lists of "More or Less" Forest Fire-prone Trees, Shrubs, and Ground Covers.
- Community Wildfire Plant List (English; PDF format)
- Community Wildfire Landscaping (English; PDF format)
- Community Wildfire Plants For Landscaping (English; PDF format)
Protect Your Community
- How To Become A FireWise Community
- FireWise Communities For Virginia (English; PDF format).
- Community Wildfire Assessment Form (English; PDF format).
- Wildfires and Insurance - This report reviews trends in wildfire events and the role of insurers in reducing our vulnerability to wildfire hazards. (English; PDF format).
- International Wildland Urban Interface Code 2006 (English; TIFF format)
Help make your subdivision firewise by using this sample guideline for subdivision ordinances.
Property Owner/Developer Information
- Community Wildfire Protection Plan (English; Word document)
- How to Become a FireWise Community
- Lowe's Fire and the Home Landscape (in English and Espanol)
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)
The number of homes being built in or near forested areas is increasing rapidly in Virginia. When a fire occurs around one of these homes, it often extends into the forestland, threatening other homes and forest resources. Forest fires often threaten and burn homes and structures built in wooded areas if the homeowner has not taken proper fire safety precaution.
- Living In The Wildland Urban Interface
- Home Fire Protection In The Wildland Urban Interface
- Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Understanding Fire Behavior (English; PDF format).
- Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Reducing Wildfire Risk While Achieving Other Landscaping Goals (English; PDF format).
Grant programs provide Money For Mitigation.
Last modified: Thursday, 24-Oct-2013 11:40:01 EDT