Content tagged "surviving wildfire articles"

"If in Doubt, Throw it Out" - What to do With Food and Medication After a Wildfire

Food Safety Wildfire Updated: December 08, 2015

Canned goods that are dented, bulging, or rusted or that have been charred or exposed to extreme heat should be discarded. Refrigerators and freezers may not...

Using Mulch to Control Erosion after a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: December 01, 2015

Article Written by: Yvonne Barkley, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID  Using mulch to control erosion after a wildfire is a very common practice....

Using Barriers to Control Erosion after a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: December 01, 2015

Article Written by: Yvonne Barkley, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID  Using barriers to control erosion after a wildfire is a common practice....

Taking Care of Residential Trees After Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: December 01, 2015

After a fire, many homeowners wonder what to do with the trees in their landscape. It is important to determine which trees might recuperate and which will...

Erosion Potential After A Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: November 20, 2015

 Assessing the erosion potential after a wildfire is an important step of post-fire management. Erosion is a natural process occurring on landscapes at...

Wildfire and Water Repellent Soils

Wildfire Updated: November 20, 2015

Article Written by: Yvonne Barkley, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID  One common physical change to forest soils after wildfires is water...

Firescaping - Landscape Design for Wildfire Defensible/Survivable Space

Fire safety must be a major factor in landscape design when homes are built in wildfire-prone areas. Appropriate landscapes can make a significant...

Janean Creighton

Wildfire Updated: June 14, 2014

               Janean Creighton is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist for the Oregon State University & USFS Pacific NW Partnership Project. ...

Mike Kuhns

Wildfire Updated: June 14, 2014

               Mike Kuhns, Professor and Extension Forester in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, promotes fire safety in...

Selecting Firewise Plants

Wildfire Updated: October 17, 2013

Firewise plants have a number of characteristics in common, but also can vary considerably. Below are some important points about these plants and their...

Community Evacuation Plans

Wildfire Updated: July 18, 2013

If you are interested in finding out if your community has an evacuation plan contact the local fire department, law enforcement agency, or emergency...

Wildfire Information Leaders

Wildfire Updated: July 18, 2013

Wildfire and Its Effects on Streams and Rivers

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Wildfire affects streams and rivers in a multitude of ways, and the health and wealth of a stream environment are reflections of the condition of the...

Evaluating Damage to Your Home After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Evaluating damage to your home after a wildfire should be done at the first opportunity. Your insurance agent should be the first person you contact. The...

Evacuation Preparations for Your Livestock

Wildfire Updated: July 17, 2013

Prepare before the fire occurs by keeping the corrals and barns free of fuel (vegetation or hay) and have halters or facilities to load and remove the...

What To Do if Trapped in Car by Fire While Evacuating

Wildfire Updated: July 16, 2013

A structure offers more protection than a car, so if there is a building nearby, get inside it. If there is no building, then stay in your car. It will be...

Ensuring Firefighter Access and Your Escape During a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 16, 2013

If there is a wildfire in your area you may need to get out and firefighters may need to get in, so build fire safety into your road or driveway designs and...

Safely Returning to Your Home After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 11, 2013

 Many homeowners wonder when it is safe to return to their homes after a wildfire. Once you are given the "all clear" to go home, what you should look for...

Why Firefighters Can’t Always Save Every Home

Wildfire Updated: July 11, 2013

  Most fire authorities have priorities in wildfires:Firefighters' first priority is to save lives. This includes the public as well as those fighting the...

Erosion Control after a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: July 10, 2013

Erosion is probably one of the most common concerns after a wildfire. Post-fire erosion depends on many factors, but generally erosion hazard increases as...

Fire Ratings for Construction Materials

Wildfire Updated: March 13, 2013

Article Written by: Stephen L. Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Richburg, SC If you live in the wildland urban...

Predicting the Mortality of Conifers After a Wildfire

Wildfire Updated: June 28, 2012

Article Written by: Yvonne Barkley, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID  Predicting the mortality of conifers after a wildfire is important for...

Window Failure During Wildfires

Wildfire Updated: June 27, 2012

Article Written by: Stephen L. Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Richburg, SC During a wildfire, windows can be...

Impact of Oil-Based Penetrating Stains on the Fire Performance of Deck Boards

Wildfire Updated: May 24, 2012

Article Written by: Stephen L. Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Richburg, SCOil-based penetrating stains are often...

Exterior Rated Fire Retardant Treated Wood

Wildfire Updated: May 24, 2012

Article Written by: Stephen L. Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Richburg, SCUsing fire-retardant, treated solid...

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